12-17-2008, 12:03 AM
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It kinda sounds like you need to do some back stepping and fill in some holes in training. I don't think you have a bit problem. Going to something with more controll doesn't always help but can make things worse just like smrods stated. I would do some ground work where your horse is at and when he's good there take him out to the road. If he acts up on the road then you can use the excerises you did on the ground and do them out there so that he will learn he can't get away with acting up. I have a mare who use to want to rush home, pop up, and jig real bad. I just made sure I had time to work with her because you never want to end on a bad note. I spent many rides doing circles, backing up everything but move forward. When she would settle then we would walk forward, but the min she would act up again it was back to the circles. A ride that might normally take you 15 mins can end up taking you an hour but it only takes a few times before they get the clue.