So long story short, I've started riding my draft cross mare in a thin LR snaffle in her jumping bridle which has a fig. 8 noseband on it. She is amazing in it! :D So over her back, soft, round, and carrying herself better. Just gobs different than her dressage bridle which was a baucher snaffle with a crank & flash on it. I switched back for a ride to make sure I wasn't crazy and she was just blah, heavy & stiff-ish again.
Any thought as to why there is such a huge difference in her way of going? Her nosebands are never super tight, I can always easily slip a finger between her and the leather. The only thing I can think of is that her being a bit drafty she has thicker lips and maybe the crank was squeezing her cheeks into her teeth? It seems like too big of a difference in her way of going for it to be that though.:confused: