So I've been riding Snickers in a LG hackamore lately. I am careful not to overdo or force anything, but I must say, he's really doing better in it than in a sidepull! It seems that the different pressure points let him understand better and we're progressing slowly into relaxing his neck, nice flexing and overall responsiveness. And I have to really take my time to make my hands softer and the contact softer. Our trainer complimented us on a visible progress and I'm just so happy with my boy! :)
One of the barnmates also let me try out her horse, an experienced jumper. He was ah-mazing! So valuable to ride a different horse from time to time, especially, someone who can teach the rider a lot! We jumped a little and it felt like he was telling me what to do and how to move, and really helped me over those jumps! :)
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.