First off... whatever works for you. There are many ways to skin a cat, so my 2 cents is not the "only" way to do things, it's just my 2 cents. That said...
Originally Posted by RusticWildFire View Post
if I can and make him at least walk for a while to make sure he knows that's not a way to get out of riding
Walking is getting out of riding. WORKING and getting a sweat on is work. For example, if you ask for an easy trot and get bucked, the easy trot is the "reward." Anything less is getting out of it. Bad behavior should result in 10x the amount of work as doing what was originally asked. Note that this is not "emotional" or "punishing." It is simply answering bad behavior with hard work. You want the horse to associate meaningless labor with bad behavior.
"Holy crap, I don't feel like trotting today, I think I will buck this numbskull off."
Two things happen here...
"What's the worst that can happen, either she doesn't get back on or we end up walking home."
"Oh, wait. Last time we did that I had to do a working trot for a mile! Maybe I am better off with the simple trot."
Sure - it doesn't happen like this. But I am only trying to make a point.
And the new bit I might try also. He's on a D-ring snaffle. I may switch to the Tom Thumb Snaffle..
Again, whatever works for you. However, I personally have a problem with using equipment to solve a training problem. Better to fix the problem than hide it with a band-aid. FIX the training/behavior issue FIRST. THEN, if you still want to use a TT bit (which is a curb bit, NOT a snaffle bit) by all means go for it. Just don't look at is as a solution to a behavior problem. If all you do is change the bit, the problem is still there - just temporarily hidden by the bit.
There are no free fixes. You want to change a behavior, you have to fix it with training.