Sounds like a Tom Thumb...
I would try the sweet six again without the noseband.
I'm guessing you only ride western but you could always try a Oxford Kimberwick, which you could make into a snaffle or a mild curb bit or you could have two reins attatched so you could have a snaffle and a curb.
Umm, no. I know what a Tom Thumb is, and the bit I have is not a Tom Thumb. TT's are garbage.
Maybe I'll actually remember to take a picture of it tonight, since the last 3 times I've been to the barn I have totally and utterly forgotten.
I can't try the sweet six without the noseband because it is physically attached. (Mine has a smooth mouth
though, NOT twisted like this picture.) Even so, I feel like that would be the same issue anyway as I have with the gag action of the Wonder Bit, where he starts to ignore the gag warning?
QHriderKE: I wouldn't be opposed to try the Mylar snaffle you posted. Typically a curb with a short shank has been working just a bit better for him though.
COWCHICK77: So please tell me when you have met Red because you just described him perfectly!!!! LOL. Yes, I do
think that is part of the problem, in that I am still trying to figure him out. He is just so different from any other horse I have ever had, so he's certainly been a (good) challenge. Hence why we have been going very, very, very slow on the barrels, or he would be the type of horse that would be a blow-up nut job at a barrel race.
He does have some bolting issues too, that have been getting a little bit better as I am slowly figuring him out. For example: We'll be out walking in the middle of nowhere. All of a sudden, he'll stop, head high in the air, eyes wide, staring at something for a few seconds (half of the time, there's never anything there and I can't figure out what he is looking at). At that point, I cease to exist on his back. Then he will panic, turn, and bolt. If it gets to that, he will 100% ignore the bit in his mouth, and ignore my body cues. So lately, what I have been trying to do, is immediately
try to get his attention back by doing serpentines or rollbacks or just something to get his feet moving again, and out of that frozen staring stance. It's been helping. He isn't bolting as hard, since I've kind got his attention back again, and get his focus off of the scary horse-eating invisible object.
And yup, he will lope himself to death before stopping. He is the energizer bunny and he can't be tired out! But he's also the type that I can't do too much with drills or concentration exercises either, because he gets wound up when I "pick" at him.
So I am still trying to find that perfect balance with him and figuring out his quirks.
If he hadn't gotten himself hurt in January, he would actually be at a reining trainer at the moment .... but I'm hoping I can still get him there eventually, to help me figure him out more!
And he certainly seems to enjoy working cows. Pins his ears and actually focuses on them!! So I'm hoping to do alot more of that this year too with him.