So, I've really been struggling with my new gelding. He is the sweetest thing ever, but riding him has become such a pain. He doesn't bend left, because he doesn't want to take the contact on the right rein- because he is a little less muscled on that side.
We've had his teeth done, chiropractor ans everything, and he's fine. He's great on the lunge, and in walk I can bend him any way- which leads me to think it's more of a psychological thing, perhaps an old injury?
Anyways, after a few fights and falls (he's about 17.1 and I'm only 5'3- not really a fair fight :p) I talked to my instructor and we've put a Mullen mouth rubber Pelham on him.
I'm using 2 reins, and today, the second time I rode him in it, I didn't have to use the 'curb' at all, he was fantastic. My plan was to use this bit, then remove the second rein, then the chain, and then get him used to just a snaffle again.
He was schooled in Holland as a youngster, so I'm thinking he was ridden a lot in a double bridle- and maybe doesn't really 'get' the snaffle?
Basically, I just wanted some opinions on if what I'm doing is right, suggestions if it's not, things I should think about etc. Thank you!
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