Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Your trainer knows your horse better than you can explain your horse to us. Still, IMHO, your horse needs to be trained to "Whoa." THIS is a serious problem and stronger or milder bits won't fix it.
If you get a chance to watch any of the tv trainers who dabble in the "Mustang Challenges", you will see that they train a good "whoa" in one session on a green-as-grass horse. Your horse doesn't believe that he HAS to stop. You need to teach him "whoa" EVERY TIME YOU LEAD HIM. I have done this with my DH's horse--the big head, left. I am 5'4" tall. His horse is 16'3hh, which means his withers are 5'6", therefore, 2 inches higher than I am tall, a BIG, >1,400 lb. Animal. He gets stalled at night during the winter and I lead him to turnout. I was determined that this horse would NOT run over me...EVER. So, whenever I lead him ANYWHERE, we halt, back, "walk on", "around"--I have taught him the English and I cue with my body and the lead. Even when it's icy and he's been inside his stall for a week, he never rushes and runs over me on the way out. He is getting so good at this that I am anxious to show him off bc it reminds me of what I see on some of Clinton Anderson's programs where the trainer and horse move together. It didn't take me a lot of skill, just daily work.
Teach your horse excellent leading manners, teach "whoa" when you lead, then you can translate that to under saddle. It becomes a habit.
BTW, the slow twist and double twisted wire bits are more severe. Did you mean to say that your trainer disagrees with you?