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Help with Bridles/Halters

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Just for a quick backstory, so I ride horses at my barn who have owners who don't necessarily seem to care for their horses. It seems like people tend to come and dump them there, as my barn has rates fairly cheap compared to other places around.
My latest project is a small QH. I've only used her bit twice, but it looks very similar to a curb bit, I'm assuming low to medium port. When I was trying to use it, she would toss her head a lot if I would try to keep her speed down, so I stopped using it. I don't have any of my own bits, but I'm thinking I might end up buying one if I have to.
Lately, I've just been using a halter to ride her. I ride in an enclosed arena. I have no issues with her if I use a halter, none with her going too fast, or getting upset if I try to slow her down. I do want to do trail rides, in which case I would likely have to use a bit.
So I guess I'm wondering two things: 1) Is it really ethical to be riding in a halter? - I've even been jumping her in it without issues, but I just want to make sure that there's no health issues that this could cause. 2) When I do decide to whip out the bit, what bits should I shy away from, and what might be good ones to try out?
Thanks for taking the time to read this :)
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I ride in halters (especially rope halters) often and keep super soft hands with them. I’ve never had any issues at all. I would just watch for signs of discomfort from your horse more than anything. She seems like a pony who lets you know if she’s uncomfortable. As for bits, I’d try soft ones… curb bits definitely aren’t usually too comfy for the horse so I’d try a Mullen mouth bit. They’re very gentle compared to a lot of bits out there! There are happy mouth bits that have been good as long as she’s not a bit chewer. Hope this helps! :)
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