For a few days I have tried what you are all saying. I have went back to my snaffle, and now he doesnt spook, is paying attention, he actually has great half haults. I worked a lot on walk trot trot walk stop trot stop back etc. But then there is the canter. No matter what I do I ask for the canter he leaps into it, throws his head, doesnt feel balanced and his breaks go back from light to none. I can half halt the canter then it gets a bit better but stopping not going to happen. I was in my dressage saddle and myself felt pretty balanced and tried to stay out of his way. Last time I rode him western I was neck reining, barley had to touch his mouth and only to stop and he was perfect. Balanced, lead changes, head not everywhere, focused. My trainer told me to get him lighter to first lightly touch his mouth like the amount of pressure I want him to stop with, then make him stop with pulling as hard as he needs so he starts to learn that light means stop. At a walk and trot this worked great, at a canter not so much. Some people I have talked to have told me that I might need to switch bits, not necessarily go really strong but maybe get something else and see if it works. What do you think? Someone at my barn used a dr. Bristol on her old pony and she was always really nice with it in no matter what was going on (shows, that stuff). She was better in it then her tom thumb snaffle. What are your ideas? (because he's fine walk trot now we just have canter issues)
Last edited by DrillRider; 12-01-2012 at 09:27 AM.