06-17-2013, 03:27 PM
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First, have your horse's teeth checked to make sure that isn't the cause of him not accepting the bit. He could have caps that need to be removed.
I usually start ground driving with halter or sidepull for a few weeks, then move into an o-ring snaffle. Once they are steering and stopping well, I'll hop on in the sidepull (with a few layers of Vetwrap around the rope nose to minimize rubbing.) If you use a sidepull remember the name tells you how to steer - SIDE PULL; if you pull straight back, it's just going to slide up his nose. After a few rides in the sidepull, and when they are less likely to tense up/brace/spook, I move into the snaffle.