Yes, I know, another bit thread - bear with me. I need bit suggestions for my ultra sensitive Thoroughbred mare.
We flat in a loose ring snaffle, and she’s great - soft, round, balanced, very light in my hands. She halts when I sit into the saddle and exhale. When we jump, she’s compact and very handy - turns on a dime, and I only have to look at the next fence for her to rollback. If she knows we’re immediately turning, she’s forced to stay light in the bridle and balance herself.
The issue is, as soon as she knows what we’re jumping next, I lose my brakes. She’s like a honing missile to jumps. It’s the worst in a straight (or even slightly bending) line, whether one stride or eight strides between. She pulls down and drags me in the lines. I’m riding with my hands fairly high, but it’s hard to pick up my hands (and pick her up off my hands) when we land off a jump. She doesn’t get faster, just stronger - she’ll back herself off before we get to the jump to find her own distance.
I’ve tried jumping one then halting and she it easily. It’s as soon as I look at the next fence… and then if/when we put it all together for a course (especially one without a lot of sharp turns) that she tunes me out.
She’s currently in a full cheek corkscrew. She was in a tom thumb jointed pelham (with two reins) for a long time, but the curb chain/rein is now too much and she backs off my hands too much.
I do like her to take me to the jump (I do appreciate her enthusiasm for jumping), just not drag me before/after it, haha. Trainer suggested trying a waterford or a snaffle with a port next, but can someone enlighten me on the mechanics of how those bits work? Any other suggestions?