Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
I know people who have been riding schoolmaster after schoolmaster for years and still couldn't put a horse on the bit if their life depended on it!! I've seen a lady who went out an bought a horse competing at international levels and shw couldn't put it on the bit with draw reins even.
I agree with your instructor, any horse that is used to a bit can be put on one. It's not easy, not in the slightest, even on a trained horse. Keep working on pushing the horse to your hands, riding from back to front and from inside leg to outside rein. It comes in fleeting moments which eventually turn into seconds and minutes and then hours. You can learn to feel on any horse.
I had a lesson last week and I got Zulu on the bit and the miracle was that not only did he come to the bit, soft to the inside, but he held himslef in self carriage, just floating along around a perfect circle , for about three rotations. I was smiling from ear to ear.
I realized that I had been trying to hard to force and keep him there, but when I lowered my inside hind the second he softened, Zulu gave back to me this wonderful full minute long of trotting in self carriage!
I can "put' him on the bit, but having him willing to stay there, now that was an awesome feeling, and made me realize I have a lot to learn.