09-06-2010, 09:19 PM
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I have to agree with the others. If she seemed unhappy with the snaffle that would be a good reason to start playing with your bit. If she's just ignoring your signals, you need to rethink the way you're asking.
I always use the winter to work at the slow gaits with my horses. Lots of walk-trot transitions, serpentines, halts, turns, etc. My goal is to get them working off of my legs/seat with my bit/hands just used to lightly guide. I can almost shut Soda down from full spook now with my legs/seat. That isn't an easy thing either, he's one of those "OMIGOD, do a 180 and bolt" in about 2 seconds horses. We're not perfect yet, but I've managed this with a double jointed snaffle. Sometimes he tries to brace or ignore it, but if that happens I start working circles and direction changes. I keep my hands light on the reins and get him to tip his nose in. Try lateral flexion from the ground and in the saddle too. Retrain her so that she wants to give to the bit.