Here's the situation. A friend who is green to horses but can ride decently enough. Has bought a twh. Big brute of a horse I posted his picture before. He's sweet as can be.
Now he's barefoot kinda spooky but sweet in his temperament. With him being green he's got everyone and their monkey uncle giving him "advice" ....problem? Its the wrong kind of advice. The farrier(not mine) said oh sturdy solid feet he would wear plantation shoes great I'd say a 2 or 3. It would really help his action and bring his legs up, or chains too..... the owner looked at me I shook my head. He's a TRAIL horse. They have no intentions of ever doing a show.
Then there's the issue of a bit. He was using a "gaited horse bit".....aka a double twisted wire shank bit with a curb chain. 0_0 I was horrified to find that because I had him going round beautifully in a Mullen mouth pelham and in fact I knotted the curb rein because he didn't need it except outside!
The rider keeps a light hand but not light enough for that bit and the horse doesn't need it anyway! He said he bucked on him. I said probably the bit in combination with rider. He never offered to buck when I rode him.
Also it was a 5" bit... he needs 5 1/4
So we've ordered him a jointed kimberwick for the sake of deleting the shank altogether while still having a curb action if necessary.
Lastly. This part I'm lost on because when I took lessons it was on saddleseat horses who were show horses and held their head up high.
Must you always ride with elbows bent so hand are at navel area? He's a trail horse, rides like a trail horse. His head is low when he rides not high. One time I lifted my hands and he didn't lift his head. So from what I've assumed(but I could be wrong) is that you basically treat him like any other horse. Hands low and relaxed no "gaited" bits or shoes because he's not a show horse just a pleasure/trail horse and also its a OK to walk gait trot canter gallop. He's essentially any other horse just has a special gait. I know there will be mixed reviews and some will say no trot but I'm sorry, its a natural gait for him he wants to trot so be it. It helps his topline anyway. Now he is a horse who prefers to gait rather than trot. So there's no real issue there.
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