I am taking it pretty easy this winter with my 12-year-old QH mare, just enjoying her, doing some trail riding, and thinking about what I might like to try with her next. She is a sweet, good girl and tries hard, just a solid citizen with a nice attitude. I try to listen really carefully to any tiny sign she gives me that things aren't perfect, because I don't think she is much of a "complainer" and I don't want to miss anything, if that makes sense. During the fall I suspected she wasn't loving her bit, which is a plain eggbutt snaffle. She's spent the most time in plain snaffles, although in polocrosse she went happily in a kimberwicke. She would occasionally grab it for a second, kind of like she wanted to stretch, and then immediately release and go on as normal. She did it in my western saddle, my aussie saddle, and bareback. I corrected this whenever she did it but I think she might just do better in something else, or at least it's worth a try. So this winter I have been riding her just in her rope halter and she does great. I'll probably keep that up some as I think it's been improving our communication even more, but I'd also like to find a bit that keeps her the happiest she can be. Would you try something with some copper? A roller or something to play with? A gentle dogbone? Thick rubber? An o-ring instead of an eggbutt? The kimberwicke for every day?