Originally Posted by EmmJayCee
Thank you, I do believe we'll get there. My kiddos (all 5--1st time in almost 16 years I'll be home alone, don't know whether to be happy or sad about that) start school next week. I work from home, but am hoping to have an hour or so each day to just work with them. By the end of fall, I'd like to be putting in 10-15 minute rides and go from there. I'd like to know more about a side pull, my horse seems to not understand the pressure to turn with a halter and I'm wondering if a side pull would help. :)
Since your horse was trained to a snaffle he's familiar with 'side pull' so to be fair to him you should at least start out bitless with a side pull technique - maybe even using a headcollar with reins attached to the sides - did you look at Eva Roemaat as she gives some examples of things like that?
From there you can decide where to go next, it doesn't hurt to train him to neck rein and turn off leg aids but to ride safely and correctly in a halter he will need to understand how to do that. For him the 'pull' from the centre point is translating as 'whoa' as per leading him from the ground, not turn, so he's confused
Have you been on him since your little 'episode' in the field with Festus?