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Question Need a Different Show Bit

So I took my horse to our first show together with me as her owner and it was a great success! She loaded wonderfully, was very polite, went over all the fences with no problem and was an overall champ. I was very proud of her! We came home with quite a few ribbons and a very pleasant experience for both of us.

However, the only issue we had is that she would begin to get very strong through some of our jumping courses. She is generally pretty adjustable and listens well to her bit at home and only gets strong after a few days without riding or when the weather changes. I use an elevator snaffle at home with bit guards so no pinching. I have two reins on it and usually ride on the snaffle rein that is attached to the main ring on the bit. The curb rein is attached to the lowest ring and I only use it when necessary. I'm aware elevator bits are generally considered harsher then most but I am a very capable rider with this bit and have had absolutely no trouble with it. I also am careful not to rely on my curb rein so I'm basically usually riding in a drop snaffle. I also have a flash on her.

That being said, when we decided to go to this show, I realized I needed a different bit to take into the show ring. We rode through some equitation, pleasure, hunters and jumpers (I know, quite a range!) so I'm not entirely sure what discipline we will need the bit for in the future. I didn't have time to buy my own bit, so I borrowed a full-cheek, slow-twist snaffle to use. I tried it first of course, and all seemed fine, but as I said, at the show she became very strong at points. I didn't have any steering trouble, but sometimes trying to slow or stop her was like fighting against a brick wall! I know downward transitions are not only about pulling on the bit, and I use my seat, legs and body-control to help. However, I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on a bit I could use in the show ring, that might give me a little more power when needed, like her elevator does at home. Thank you for any help you can give!!
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