I bought my horse off of a local trainer and boarded him there. Things went south between me and that trainer so last weekend I moved my horse to a friend of mines house that I pen with. It works out great for me because they go to practices/shows all the time and they have room for me in their trailer. Really nice people. Brand new indoor arena….its awesome.
The guy that owns this place is a trainer as well. Last night when I was riding he asked me why I ride my horse in the bit I have him in. Currently I have him in a short shanked medium port bit. He is super soft in the bit and listens to it well. This is the same bit that my old trainer rode him in. When we are at shows I put him in a twisted wire snaffle since penning can get a little rammy…I would never ride him in a big bit penning. I do dry work at home in a snaffle some times but he just isn’t as responsive to it. He will give to pressure softly but as soon as I give him any release he sticks his nose back up in the air…hence the reason why I ride him in the bit when im at home.
I know riding him in the bit at home just avoids the whole issue of trying to get him more broke in the face with a snaffle. So I need tips on how to get him soft with the snaffle. This new trainer told me to just straight up quit riding him in the bit….is this a good idea?