Anyone here trail ride with a bitless bridle or maybe just a halter and reins or a sidepull? Blossom (my new to me 16 yr. Old KMSH) seems to hate every bit I try on her. She rides in the round pen and around the farm with a halter and lead rope, but I'm hesitant to try this on the trail.
At her pre-purchase vet check, the vet rode her around in just a halter and gave her a great report. (I never expected him to ride her!) I've had no issues with her as long as we go out with other horses, but I know she's nervous when alone. I never, ever ride alone. She's just constantly mouthing the bit and dropping her head like she's trying to avoid it. Her mouth clamps shut like a vise when I go to put the bit in. Other than that, she's never refused to do anything asked of her and she's really, really kind.
She's had her teeth checked and floated so it's not a tooth issue and my hands aren't an issue. Her previous owner said she really liked a rider with light hands, and watched us carefully when I tried her out. She stops like a champ on a verbal whoa and is really sensitive to leg pressure. Would I be nuts to try this???