I started him in a knotted rope halter with an attached lead that I simply tied to the other end to the other side to make reins. I rode like that for months, and when I tried to teach him to ride in a bit...let's just say that nothing worked out very well. You can rub the bit all over his face- same with the headstall- but the minute the bit touches his lower lip he panics and throws his head up. You can bridle him, but it usually takes an hour to do it and he will rear several times in the process. I started trying to get him to take the bit back in July.
My father and I had his teeth checked and the vet said nothing was wrong with his mouth. I've tried putting honey on the bit, I've worked with him everyday, I've left it on him for a few hours to graze with the bridle on after a two hour fight, and my father and I even had a trainer try to help us with the bit issue. The trainer didn't help much, and all it really did was make him get to where he's difficult to catch at times when he used to drop his head right into his halter.
I'm the only one who has ever ridden him, and I know I'm not heavy handed. 99% of the time I'm getting told at my lessons to actually be stronger with my hands, as I'm actually almost too light handed!
I was hoping though that a bosal style hackamore would be what my Mustang needs. I don't want to use a mechanical hackamore as those almost look painful. All I would be doing with this guy is trail riding, seeing as he would never be able to handle a rodeo because he is untrusting of other people beyond me and my father.
I was thinking maybe something along the lines of the 'indian style' one on the right? It says it works similar to a rope halter, but only a little bit stronger, and all I want is something to give me a little extra control than what a rope halter can give you :
Mecates & Bosals
Or would the one on the left, the 'full rigged' be better? And how would I go about fitting him for a hackamore?
Thanks for any help!