As for the snaffle..... No I don't need to ride her in that bit but the only way I can ride her in a snaffle right now is to but a martingale on her or draw reins. And before everybody goes off and tells me that I need to retrain her. I'm working on it.
We don't have a saddle that fits her perfectly, I'll try sliding the saddle back. I'll give you a little history if it will help you out.
She was broke to ride when she was three and then people just left her alone after she learned to listen to the rider.She's now about 10. She was started out in the snaffle, so I don't know exactly when she suddenly got the idea that it was ok to run through the snaffle. Last year she was ridden by someone who messed her up pretty good. She dumped this person almost continuously and when she wasn't dumping her she was running through her. I started riding her this summer and have had nomajor problems other than every now and the she'll say, "Oh I don't want to stop cantering now." but i'll shift my weight and say "Whoa, walk." and she'll listen.
The time I put her in the snaffle she ran through it, and ignored me completely. I had never questioned why we rode her in a double bridle. I had just accepted it until I started to wonder and eventually put one in her mouth.
My hands are like that because I'm trying to bring her head down.....and she's obviously resisting. She has a nice headset at the walk, but anything faster the head is none existant.
How do I work her long and low? Just ride her on a loose rein? I used to ride with my seat a lot when I had Rocket, but when I got Razz I could only ride with my legs, anytime I even touched her mouth she freaked out (that problem has been taken care of).
So I should try to ride her more like I did with Rocket, and almost completely with my seat? And yes, she is very fast, but that's because of her legs and size. She has long legs and long strides, and lots of power. She'd have more if I could get her to use her hindquarters.
Best pictures I have.....
Yes she has a halter on, I know it's dangerous. And she was sweaty and she rolled. Her chest wasn't even warm so we put her out.