I "rescued" a 3 year old Appaloosa mare at an auction back in March. I've never "broken" a horse before, but have had horses all my life. I just never wanted to fool with training one. But i couldn't leave her there. She was so pitiful. I had no idea what I was gonna do with her, but now she's fat and happy and ready to do something with! We did buy a 1/2 Walker 1/2 Quarter horse one time, and she turned out great! But she was already use to a bit. We just had to teach her "go" "stop" "left" and "right". This one lets us mount her, and she has impeccable ground manners (somebody must've spent a lot of time with her at some point), and she takes the bit better than my trail horses!! BUt she's constantly mouthing it. So much so that she's not paying attention to anything else. The vet said her teeth are fine...she's just not used to a bit. How do I train her? I was told to put her in a stall for a few hours with a bit (NO REINS) to get her used to the feel of it. But this worries me because I don't know what bit to start with. Should I go with a snaffle to start, or a curb? She is really easy to handle, I want to be as gentle as possible. I've heard that broken bits are easier, then I read that they "pinch" the mouth. Curbs are said to be harsher when you pull back, but more comfortable otherwise. I am so confused!!! All our horses have different bits, but they were all used to it in the first place.....we just experimented 'til we found what worked. I know this is long....but I wanted to give as much info as I could. Because of the way I acquired her, I have no knowledge of her previous training. CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP? Any advise would be helpful! I don't feel like we need to hire a trainer because she's really easy to deal with...I just need to get over this one hurdle! Thanks in advance for any tips y'all can give!