See now everyone immediately assumes I'm riding him front to back...not sure why...but anyways. This horse has been trained 3rd Level and he is 21. He was used as a school-horse for about 10 years so yes he has either missed something or just simply faked being straight or collected during those years. So he is extremely strong about doing the wrong thing. I don't see what is so wrong about using the double bridle to position him correctly, which is what I'm doing using both seat, leg, and rein aids, so that he builds the correct muscles so he won't be fighting to hard against me when we transition to the snaffle. Because at this point, moving correctly can sometimes be very physically hard on him so he fights back even more and I'm sorry no I'm not as strong as him. Can I get him straight in the snaffle? Yes. Is it easier to do in the double? Yes.
If I'm not supposed to do this...then why is it working?
DRESSAGE, n.: the passionate pursuit of perfection by the obsessively imperfect -Author Unknown