Speedy has gone through more bits than any other horse I've owned. For the trail, I needed some brakes so he went in a Mikmar Combination bit which looks really scary, but seems quite comfortable for Speedy to pack around. Later, he went in a loose ring French link, but that one wore holes in the sides of his mouth. He also went in an eggbutt snaffle with a lozenge, but he got kind of heavy in that bit. He's been in a Baucher French link for the past year and a half, and we're both happy.
For the first time in weeks, I had a quiet ride that I was able to keep short. Like 15 minutes short. In that time, we walked ... not jigged. Walked. And then we trot without going mach 10. We picked up a left lead canter and didn't do it at mach 10. We walked some more. We trot some more. We picked up the wrong lead tracking right, but then we trot and got the right lead. He swapped behind for a bit, and it wasn't exactly lovely, but it wasn't at mach 10 either.
For the first time in weeks, I smiled. It wasn't a forced smile either, it was genuine. I even took a selfie.