Originally Posted by Beau Baby
Alright. Thnx for the advice guys. I'm going to look into getting one for the green broke horse, becasue he does flip his tongue over the bit and that is bad. The bit does fit properly I know that.
With the speedster I guess i'll jsut work on slowing him down and making him think more.
lots of transitions trot walk trot walk trot walk where the focus is on a smooth transition with the hind end engaged. If the horse is rushing chances are he's not accepting the bit and moving back to front, but rather evading and pulling instead. You want the horse to reach for the bit and rather than tie his mouth shut, you're better working on transitions. Another exercises that works are circles with trot poles - just make sure you have the distances right and don't use too MANY trot poles. The circles coupled with the trot poles when placed properly will help the horse focus on where his feet are and set the rhythm and tempo of the pace. To build up to this, first start with trot poles (4 poles) on a straight line. Eventually work towards making them on a bending line or through a corner. As the horse gets used to it, you can bend them to the arc of the circle and actually vary your pace by circling closer in for a slower trot and farther out to ask the horse to reach out more over the poles.
It's a next step exercise for the spiral in spiral out that works on getting the horse balanced and moving off the leg (if you don't know that one, I or someone in here can explain). Good luck!
As for the horse with the tongue over the bit, the flash may help. Another option is a rubber tongue depressor that attaches to a simple snaffle. Some horses hate it and some horses love it and chew on it and it keeps them from getting their tongue over the bit. Just food for thought.