have been riding for 5 years and have loved it from the beginning!
What's the longest you have ever gone without riding?
1 week... barely making it!!
My pony is very strong over fences. What bit would give me more control without hurting his mouth?
maybe a elevator with a single rain in the middle. but always remember that the bit is only as soft or harsh as the person using it. so if you have nice soft hands than most (not all) should not "hurt" the horses or pony mouth.