Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
ideally you would want him in a snaffle of some description.
If your horse wont accept a snaffle then he needs ti be taught too. Going back to basics with a lot of groundwork would be good. Treat the situation as though you were rebreaking him. I think that's the best way to go because a well broken horse will accept a snaffle quite happily.
I would suggest trying a training snaffle to start with...on the ground :) I use a french link loose ring on my wb and he loves it. Its very gentle on them so if you are using it in a training capacity they find it much more enjoyable. The right training and the right bit can work wonders :)
Do all the things you would in a saddle but do them from the ground with him and the new bit. Lunging, ground driving etc can all be your best friends :)
Also, make sure his teeth are fine and that there are no issues with his poll/neck etc this may cause his to flip his head as well
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"