Hey everybody! Well I was hoping to find get some help! Here's the issue.. I have used a straight bit(not sure on what it is called) but it have a very slight curve in the copper mouth piece that has o-rings.. I have used this bit since I got my horse(3 1/2 years)... well... I have started to get more serious in my riding and training with duke and would like him to start listening again. But it seems like with this bit he thinks he doesnt have to stop when I tell him to and when I try turning him to "correct" him.. the bit will just come sliding out of his mouth.. we used a snaffle with o-rings during lessons and I ride duke in it alot and he does fine.. except for stopping.. it seems no matter what bit I use he will NOT stop on time.. so during lessons he is being used in a snaffle and I am riding him in the straight only because I am not so much concentration on controlling him with the bit but with my legs.. he does great except for the stopping.. but.. shouldnt a horse only be used in one bit? Not switched back and forth.. if that is the case then the trainer and I are going to have a talk and also..
What should I do to get him to stop.. I am wanting to get a snaffle and once he starts listening and responding better switch him back..
My trainer tried a Kimberwick Uxeter Bit.. but she said Duke completely shut down.. ill post a picture of it up soon.
So I was thinking either a Pelham bit or a snaffle with short shanks and a curb chain
My friend told me a curb chain will get him to stop like I want. But I don't want duke or I to rely on that chain to get him to stop..
Today I am going back to groundwork.
So any ideas?? Ill post pics in a reply.. sorry this is so long but appreciate the help!