Looking for some bitting thoughts for a sensitive, anxious WB mare who is fussy in the contact. Her go-to is to invert and rush, but occasionally she’ll duck behind the contact. A lot of this is just lack of confidence, a bit of it is lack of balance/strength.
The owner has her in a segunda dee. She jumps well in that for me but I feel it’s too much bit on the flat, and she’d be happier to move up toward the contact in a gentler mouthpiece, but one that still gives me enough control to bring her back when she gets quick.
I know the solution to consistent contact is more impulsion and the solution to the rushing is just flatwork, flatwork, flatwork and that is all on the agenda, but am curious to hear people’s thoughts on this. I think less bit might reduce her tension, but I don’t want to be without brakes.
I am going to try her in a loose ring on the flat and see if she relaxes, and also have a Beval bit on the way. Was also eyeballing the NS Universal (or, realistically, a cheaper version).