Little update from today, she was bridled again and is beginning to learn about bit aids. She's picking up giving to lateral pressure really fast, despite a couple of hissy fits, but is struggling with backing up. At present I'm teaching her from a standstill, and this is how I went about mouthing Satin (who I did a pretty darn good job of if I do say so myself)... although of course this method of mine is based entirely off instinct, and has absolutely no base in research/reading. I just want a consistent understanding of giving to bit pressure before I move on to long reining (and through that, teaching her about actually turning and stopping with bit pressure), because I don't want her having a panic attack in long reins. Too much likelihood of injury.
I would leave her mouth alone for another year if I wasn't intending to show her in-hand, I just don't feel like I have enough control with a filly slip and a well-mouthed youngster shown in a bit will be more controllable that way... it will be her first outing so I expect a very stressed youngster!
She was difficult to bridle and unbridle today, but that's nothing new, and she was easier than yesterday.
I have a ribbon browband coming, for her, for shows, which is absolutely gorgeous and red, white and blue with some silver. The one she's wearing in the pics is too big, but better too big than too small, and the browband that came with the bridle IS too small.