Originally Posted by 3Barrels
how do you know if your horse is being disrespectful or if he simply dislikes that certain bit?
I can't imagine any horse would automatically like the feel of having a bit in their mouth. It's a matter of desensitising them to it, so it is no longer unpleasant for them. Just think about wearing glasses or a tie for the first times, but eventually you forget about it.
'Disrespectful' is an ambiguous term that grates on me. I think most people's idea of the word seems to be whether the horse is submissive & obedient - so obviously with that definition, your youngster is also disrespectful. I think of it in an entirely different light though & think most horses are disrespectful of humans because humans are disrespectful of them. I also know of plenty of submissive, obedient horses that have absolutely no respect for people.