Thank you for writing this.
I have a few questions, however. I have a young Gypsy Vanner. She is green broke. I have been riding her for months now, and when I first got on her, I have a very non aggressive bit- a rubber dee ring with one joint. She was un responsive to the bit. When I got on her the first time, she bolted. She seemed to be hard mouthed from the start. I have worked with a professional trainer, she is broke to drive singles and doubles, and I don't believe that rein aids and ques are an issue. Someone recommended a dee ring with a very mild twist. I don't think it hurts her- she has no lacerations, and is not anxious when the bit is shown, and accepts the bit nicely. However she still gains control and that is a concern. It takes a lot of pressure to stop her, and to get her to turn. She responds very well to leg and voice aids. Just turning and stopping is a slight issue. I know that "bitting up" is not the answer. But do you have any recommendations? The last thing I want is for her to be hurt, and not get the best she needs. If you have any tips I would appreciate it.