Well okay. Let me clear a few things up. It's not that he randomly BOLTS AWAY with me. He would never do that. He never has. That was taken out of context. He is not this dangerous, uncontrollable horse that some of you are making him out to be. He is the most bombproof, deadhead horse I've ever seen on the road. Nothing phases him. Rather, I am saying that when I ASK him to gallop, he does not like to stop. The whole chasing the car thing was a one-time experience. I asked him to trot/canter next to it, and we were not on the pavement. It was 100% my fault. I know this.
RiosDad, I am not going to traumatize my horse by putting a harsh bit in his mouth and then yanking on his face as hard as I can. Sorry, but that's just cruel. He was abused in the past and is already wary enough of it. I want him to accept the bit, not fear it. I also would rather have a horse with its jawbone intact when I am finished.
I have tried a mild curb bit. The first time he felt it (in the arena, where he is quiet) he almost reared up. No thanks.
He stops on a DIME at the walk and trot, and is nearly there at the canter. Mind you, this is with the subtlest movement of seat and ONE finger. There is no brace. He is very soft at walk/trot. Reading ReiningTrainer's post, I can see where you're coming from and that's honestly the best advice I've read thus far. He does brace at the canter. I will continue working with him there.
However. The ONLY time I have problems with him is on the road or an open field. He is very soft in the arena, and never gets "out of control" or loses focus in there. Only out in the open.
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