Hello! I have a 22 year old Standardbred who can be extremely fussy about her tack. She likes what she likes, and she isn't very open to change. For example, if her girth isn't tightened the way SHE likes it, the ride will be full of fizz and fireworks. She currently rides in a mullen mouth o-ring snaffle, exactly like this one: For the most part, she likes this bit. She accepts it easily and she doesn't fuss with it. She responds to it well until we start going faster. Once she gets into her "race pace", she braces herself and runs through the bit. She turns decently (better to the left than to the right at the moment - massage next week is scheduled in case she has tight muscles) and she's getting more and more responsive to leg cues, but we seem to lose our brakes at the faster speeds. So I'm wondering... is there a bit with a similar solid mouth piece that might give me a little more leverage so I don't have to haul on her mouth? She doesn't neck rein, so anything with shanks is out. I tried a couple different bits on her, ranging from jointed snaffles all the way up to a junior cow horse with a soft chain mouth, just to see if she preferred one type of mouth piece over the others. She puts her tongue over the chain immediately and anything with a joint causes her to really fret. That said, I didn't ride in any of them because she was acting up enough on the ground that I knew a ride would be a bad idea with any of these bits. I don't want a harsh bit or something to use long term, just more something I can use in the interim while we work on her excitement at speed and the fact she still thinks she's a hot shot race horse. I've been trying to really work with her on responsiveness, and she IS good... it just seems she forgets about listening to the bit when she's going faster and it's hard to pull her up. I can do it by strong arming her around and gradually pulling her back... but I want to soften her mouth, not make it even harder. Or maybe someone has an idea on how to reset her brain from "OMG, I must win this race at all costs" to "Oh, okay. We're going faster, but I have to remember to listen to this human I'm packing around." Someone suggested letting her pace (and maybe she'd fall into a canter eventually) as fast as she wanted around the arena and not trying to interfere until she started trying to slow down. At that point, push her on some more and then cue her to slow down. If she didn't, move her back into a pace and try again. The goal is to make her realize it's a lot easier to listen than it is to ignore the cue. It makes sense to me and I think I might give it a whirl, but I'm also open to all other tips, tricks and tried-and-true advice. Thanks in advance, I really hope I don't regret posting this thread. Again, I don't want to jump immediately to using a really hard bit, but I also don't want to have to reef on her mouth with this current bit when she gets into race mode. There has to be a compromise somewhere.