Just a quick update on the bit drama.
When last we saw our Paddock Princess, she was quite surprised to be ridden without a bit. She behaved flawlessly riding in a rope halter and I never even bothered trying to get the bit in.
The point was "we are riding. bit or no bit."
Apparently she got the message.
In our effort to get Lily out more, I've been searching for an additional rider to get some time on her. Donna, who had had the bitting problem with her initially and brought it to my attention, had a more advanced student who was ready to move on to a more challenging horse. We agreed this particular student (who rides well and has soft hands) could ride her.
Today Donna brought Lily out of her paddock and Lily bitted right up.
Horses. I swear, some days it's like dealing with a 1000 pound toddler.