OKay, so I had an equine masseuse out for my pony today as she's had saddle fitting problems and I wanted someone to go over her back and sort it out if it had any problems. Great news is her back is doing great no muscle wastage or sore spots but the masseuse mentioned hoe much tension was in and around her upper neck and poll. She worked with her fro 3 hours adn by the end April was really relaxed and sleepy, and much of then tension had been freed. However, it made me rethink the bit I am using ... I use a 3 ring gag, which is normally on the 2nd ring (under the snaffle) as my pony can be hard to control in a snaffle. However, I am aware that a gag exerts a fair bit of poll pressure and with the tension around her poll, I want to avoid this and if possible, eliminate it completely, as I think its encouraging tension further down her neck.
So does ahyone have any advice about what bit would be suitable?
She does have a pretty soft mouth so I don't want anything harsh, but I need control! Lol! A friend suggested a kimblewick to be used on the snaffle setting but having the shank in case I need control, but don't know if this is harsh or not?
Any ideas greatly appreciated :)