Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
"Direct reining in a spoon bit?"
If he does not neck rein, how else would you turn the horse?
You only have 3 choices, direct rein, neck rein or no rein at all(seat & legs).
The very last bit I'd use on any horse, is the snaffle. The snaffle is the A-number-one, tongue pincher. If you really think you need to change, try one of the comfort bits. BUT, before I'd spend much time trying to change, I'd give some serious thought to leaving well enough alone. Some of these rascals can rebel, then you have a fight you really don't want to start. I don't agree with a lot of the training methods some of these paso trainers use, but they've been at it longer than most of us are old. The spoon is very common with them, and like I said, it is only as severe as the hands on the reins.