Originally Posted by nucks93
Hey guys. So I recently bought a little QH paint, and the previous owner has only ridden him western, on trails, and always with draw reins. (shudder).
I would work on lunging him with sidereins so he gets used to more constant contact with the bit. Once he gets more stable under saddle you can try lunging him over poles and small cross rails to get him used to the idea of jumping. Don't know if this helps or not, I'm surprised the draw reins didnt really screw him up worse.