Please can anyone help regarding bitting a v sensitive connemara mare who fights the bit & tanks off unless ridden on the buckle (& also when ridden on the buckle when she wants to go, she goes!).
She is ridden( English) in a NeueSchule lozenge snaffle & a baucher cheek waterford for XC , we have a 2 ring Myler combination with a no.4 mp, but the mare still sticks head in air, tense,rigid neck & gallops off.
She is 15 & came to us as 2nd home since bought at Goresbridge sales as 5yr old & has always been 'quirky' :was tied down schooling as a youngster & I suspect also ear twitched as with any sort of contact she runs away from bridle & does not like poll pressure at all.
I have gone as simple as poss. with the 3 joint lozenge comfy contact NS bit v.loose cavesson & poll cushion for schooling but she seems to prefer the hanging cheek waterford rather than the Myler 04 combo, but this doesn't make sense to me: she should prefer the Myler, so I must have it wrong somewhere: I am thinking of trying a mullen mouth Kimblewick to add brakes as none at present, but any ideas??
She is currently ridden by my 12 yr old daughter, who has light hands & is not a complete novice(ridden a wide variety since she was 5, but she has not got 'educated' hands by any means!)
Have had mare's back, tack & teeth checked &has been schooled by more experienced professionals who did not get any better results. I am thinking perhaps get osteopath exam: perhaps TMJ pain??
She is a real sweetie and loves XC & jumping but pulls/accelerates all the way round which is scary & is preventing them from doing much.
ANY ADVICE gratefully received!