I recently bought a 2 1/2 year old Appy gelding. He is being boarded at the person who trained him's stable. I have had him several weeks. He wasn't taught to lower his head, but with the halter, he doesn't find it annoying, threatening, he his head is higher than preferred, but he never tosses it up, and his ears aren't back , he just let's me slip it on.
I have been working on him to keep his head down when I am doing stuff, by applying pressure on the top of his head, and when he lowers it, even just an inch, leave my hand where it is, and he gets rewarded like that. He does it so great now! (I can get his head even with his withers) But when I get his head lowered and bring out the bridle, he pins his ears and tries to do anything to get away, tossing his head, etc. He is fine with my hand between his ears otherwise. I have also tried putting the bit on like a halter, didn't work either.
I was just wondering, is he spoiled, or in pain? They said he had his wolf teeth removed. Maybe it is the bit? The trainer was using a black steel colt training snaffle, and he said I just keep using it.
Some of my friends thought I should use a hackamore, but I was worried about be able to control him. Your suggestions and opinions would be most appreciated, I just want to figure out why he hates it so much.