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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Again, just to make sure this is clear, I'm not a bit expert. Just standing in until someone else answers you xD I'd think that for your purpose, the fulmer would be your next best step...for now. It will apply some pressure to the side of his face to help guide him when he's being 'steered' and also won't be pulled through his mouth. If you set the keepers about mid-way up the shaft, you can increase the strength of the bit a little, if absolutely necessary.
Has this gelding been taught to one-rein stop? It doesn't work well in a 'power' bit, but in a fulmer it should be fine. It sounds like this could be a very helpful took if he gets out of hand and too excited. It sounds like he's had all kinds of funky done to him though to correct problems though, and once you get past needing him right now for the cattle, I VERY strongly suggest quite a bit of retraining. It sounds like he's gotten out of hand, and using just the curb rein of the pelham has probably upset and confused him even more, being that it is jointed and jointed curbs often give confusing signals, even to a well trained, light horse. Large amounts of contact is to be avoided with curb bits because all it does it teach the animal to brace against the bit, evade the bit, end eventually just completely ignore the bit. If the curb is broken, it also causes the bit to fold up in the horse's mouth, which can be painful, or at very least uncomfortable.
Don't give up hope though! We bought a cow horse a few years ago, a bit younger than Kroon, but same issues. Hot, bracey, and uncontrollable. We had to pull her off of the cattle and do quite a bit of retraining, but she did get better! She came to us wearing a thin, twisted wire wonder bit (gag, curb, AND twisted wire. OUCH!) but she now hacks out quietly, works, and rides smoothly on a loose ring, wearing a mullen mouth full cheek snaffle. As it turns out, half of her problem was that she was VERY unbalanced. Her solution to feeling unbalanced was 'RUN FASTER!' and she quickly became out of control. She was always on the wrong lead, fell into circles, and acted incapable of going slower than a speedy trot. As soon as we started working on her balance and 'holding herself' she became MUCH softer on the bit and got even better as we retaught her how to respond to leg and seat aids. She's about 8, almost 9 now and you'd never know it was like riding a tornado only a year or two ago. She's one of our most reliable riding horses now!
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