So if I stop to let the horse forage, should I remove the bridle and bit? I have a lead rope ring on the bridle and I have carabiners attached to the D rings on the saddle that I can hook the reins into so he can't get in trouble with the reins. So, I can control him and keep him safe with the bridle/bit on.
But should I remove it to make it easier/safer for him to actually accomplish the task of foraging? He sometimes grabs a snack as we ride so I know he CAN eat with the bit in. But is that a good option for a longer forage stop?