Originally Posted by waterbuggies
When I'm trying to turn him, he is opening his mouth. I'm thinking he's trying to avoid the bit and then it becomes a tug of war. He opens his mouth and it pulls though. He's been under saddle a couple of months 2-3 times a week.
I would have the vet out to check his teeth, just to make sure he's not in any pain. If he has any wolf teeth coming in, have them pulled.
I would also work him on the ground some, teaching him to come around and turn to bit pressure with you walking beside him or behind him (ground driving).
You might consider getting a bit that is a 3-piece mouth or something like a comfort Myler. That will be more gentle on his mouth, but still give a good clear signal.
Somethin like this: Reinsman Dr. Bristol O Ring Snaffle Bit Myler 2½" Dee Mullen Barrel Bit by Toklat Myler 2½" Dee Dog Bone Bit with Roller Metalab Stainless Steel Eggbutt Bit with Oval Mouth by Partrade