Originally Posted by poppy1356
How old is he? Does he have tooth pain and that is why he reared with a bit? Wolf teeth?
I would be concerned he would start rearing again with that hack. The amount of pressure it will put on his chin and nose and most likely sending confusing signals.
Ever tried a bosal? They are for finished horses though so that may be an option later on.
He is 4yrs old, and a quarab. I just started him this summer. He doesnt have wolf teeth, I keep an eye out for them, adn check them at every farrier appt. He reared with a bit when we first started him. And we started him twice. He would do really well for a few days then regress and start rearing. I asked my friend for help, and we started the second time, and he regresses again after a few great days, then flipped backwards with my friend on the saddle when she asked him to go right and he didnt want to. Luckily, he fell sideways. I had a professional trainer come out, and after working with him he had the same thoughts I did, and gave me tools to help. He was trying really hard (he likes to please ANY rider really), but he OVER thinks things, and then gets frustrated when you keep asking, and he was a little herd bound so he wants to seek shelter of the other horses. So I got his focus back on me by playing games and making him realize I could keep him safe, and instead of the hack, we had him in the rope halter. I had to jiggle the reins instead of pull. And it only took a few days until he turned really well, and got what I was asking him. Now we are at the point that he knows what I want him to do, but he is immature and isnt always paying attention. Or doesnt care that I am asking him, lol.... Mostly it's his breaks. He gets excited in a trot and starts going fast and faster, and he's not ready, but the rope halter wasnt slowing him, he completely ignored it. I didnt like the bitless bridle (I bought the one feature at Horse Expo this year, can't remember the name offhand). I didnt like it bc it didnt seem to loosen when a rein was pulled. It didnt get his attention much either. My friend hack worked pretty well. I was happy with it, and I only had to use small wide cues with my fingers.
I havent tried a bosal... But I would like to move him to one later if I can.