Originally Posted by AlternativeEquineTraining
THe reason I didnt give when she took the picture was becuase as soon as you let go her head goes up unless you do it gradually, and the tomb thumb that is in her mouth is not harsh. I have always used it and love it. She's used to barrels so im working on working on the head and the slowing down. She's a interesting horse to ride, but a blast just starting to work on some bending, and all that so she's getting there.
All of these things can be (and should be) done in a simple snaffle on a long rein. But that's a discussion for another thread.
My critique is that the horse is in too strong of a bit & the rider is not releasing timely. The horse has no where to hold its head except up, arched & past the vertical. It's not comfortable for the horse and brings a lot of training issues to the forefront.