Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
It definetly sounds like she just doesn't know how to listen to the bit.
The hackamore (referring to those with metal side pieces) has a curb effect and are just lousy to use for bending or flexing. :)
If you don't want to use a bit, side pulls or if you can find any riding cavessons (not those big, clumsy lunging cavesons but something with either a complete (padded) bikechain or an unleaded riding cavesson) has the same effect as a snaffle, and are good for bending and flexing.
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.