Where I ride is a bare minimum riding facility. We have all of two pvc pipes if they haven't been broken yet, an arena that isn't ride enough to do large circles, and side reins are something out of a fantasy. The wonder bit is not my decision, it's what her owner has for us to ride her in. Her owner and our barn director are very western riders and see any snaffle bit as an "english bit" and it has no place on their horses. As I've said in earlier posts, any changes with the bit have to with the bit I currently have. I can change the position of the reins, but not the bit. And quite frankly, as much as I would love to, I don't trust her enough to ride her in a snaffle. I know you aren't supposed to pull them off the forehand, but if she's going to slow down, that's what I have to do. Otherwise I will be on the equivalent of a runaway train with no brakes.
Cherie: you are right, she is very light-sided. Any leg contact at all and she explodes so I have not been able to push her into the bit. How do I make her not so reactive to my leg?