Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Drafty, before you spend any money on a bit, you need to do some groundwork. Bridle him up with the eggbutt if it fits. Go toward his right shoulder and face it. Use your right pinky and put it in the ring of the bit. Ask him to bring his head around toward your hip. No more strength than what your pinky has hold. He is going to pull his head back and it may come only an inch. That's ok. You must let go so there is no pressure then repeat. You may have to do this 20-30 times before he will even meet you halfway or he may touch your hip with his nose after a few. When he does turn his head, even a little, when you let go of the bit, push his head so he's straight. The goal is that with light pressure he will bring his nose around and hold it at your hip for a few seconds before you push him back. Take the time to do this three or four times a day for the next few days. Do both sides. If you find after a few days that he is resistant, just repeat the exercise until he loosens up. What you are doing is unlocking his poll. When he is resistant to releasing it, that tension goes all the way to his heel.
Here's what I don't get about him, though. He'll flex to both sides just fine from the ground or the saddle. He's fine turning left with leg and rein. Turning right, though, he's a monster. He's okay if you use just leg, but it's always a gradual turn (like a very wide arc that takes half the arena). Add rein to it and he pops his mouth open and let's the bit slide through (even with a curb chain done up properly). Posted via Mobile Device