Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Loose-ring french link to get them used to the bridle. I find a lot of horses like the extra 'play' it gives them.
Then, once you start working on steering, either a d-ring or a full cheek to help with lateral control.
As for the mini discussion about roughness, '2X4s' and 'sitting a horse down' aren't the ways I personally like to work with horses. I understand it works for you, and I'm happy it does. I have the utmost respect for your methods. But, it's personally not for me.
Now, I'm not against giving a horse what-for if it's necessary. Things that concern safety and flat out aggression/defiance/rudeness I don't mess around with. The rest of the time, I like using as little pressure as possible but as much as necessary, especially with green horses.
For example, I put on a gentle leg aid to go forward. I get no response. With a schooled horse, I may go straight for my crop/spur. They know better, they're just being lazy. However, with a green horse who doesn't understand, I'll put my leg on stronger. If I get a response, great. If I don't, I again increase my aid. Eventually I may get to the crop stage, but I give horses more chances because they're trying to figure it out.
Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.~ Ms Frizzle, Magic School Bus