Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
*sighs* I understand where other posters are coming from, but unfortunately this is a training issue and not a bit issue. The horse will continue to do these things in every bit you put her in, because she WILL simply become harder mouthed as you increase your bit severity.
I know it's tough and frustrating, I've been there myself where my filly will obey my snaffle perfectly in the arena but on the trail trying to stop her from a lope is difficult. It's because I have not trained her properly yet. You can't "stop" a horse in a snaffle, it doesn't work that way, they have to learn a series of cues from your body position to your legs to your hands to LEARN how to whoa. If they don't know this, then expecting them to learn it in a stronger bit is a pipe dream. You may be able to wrestle them more and command more power, but eventually they'll just toughen up or start a new set of problems.
I really think a curb is a very bad idea with a horse that doesn't seem able to go on a loose rein without pig rooting, bolting or refusing to slow/stop. Inflicting pain as a means to an end is NOT the answer. If she CAN go quietly and calmly in a curb without you riding her mouth, then yes, it is a possibility but it doesn't sound like that's the case.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.