I'll try again: http://www.horseforum.com/horse-pict...quee-xd-48439/
When I put the bridle on Gracie, she just took it. She already knows how to lower her head for me so she lowered her head and put the bit in her mouth all on her own. There was no fuss, no frustration, no stress, no tension, nothing. She took it better than I even hoped to imagine. She also gave it back calmly. And because of the way Gracie learns, I put it back on after a few minutes of love and she took it just as well the second time.
She already knows how to lunge, so I just want to get her used to moving with a bit in her mouth without any bit pressure, so I'd be lunging using her halter.
When I introduce long-lining, it will be in just a halter at first, then it will be in a halter and bridle with the lines attached to the halter, and I'd ever so slowly introduce the bit pressure, and like Vida mentioned, using the halter to back up the bit pressure. I don't want to risk her refusing to turn and having to more or less force her with bit pressure. o_O
She already knows how to yield her body, hindquarters, and shoulders from the ground. And, if anyone thinks to bring this up, I used to long-line horses for disabled riders at a therapeutic barn so I know how to long-line and I know how to do it well. I've also taught several horses to long-line, and even one to drive. I won't be getting in over my head teaching Gracie how to.
I wasn't planning on bitting her yet, but she's so smart and so ready that I have to come up with new activities for her all the time. I'm trying to keep her occupied long enough that I don't have to get on her until she's about 3, and she's the kind of horse that can't just sit in the pasture and rot.