He was just in a snaffle, now he's in a springsteen because I love that bit and he want to say out of his mouth/keep him soft as much as possible. A springsteen is not a harsh bit (well, used by me anyway lol). It's like a snaffle but with an extra peice that puts pressure behind the jaw when you pull a rein.
He did a bit better today, I was able to get him to stand longer. When I stop him, I stand long enough to pat him on the neck and tell him good job, and sometimes I wait for him to start chewing on the bit or relaxing. Right now he's pretty nervous in the arena, so I didn't feel like he was ready for canter work, but we did do quite a bit of trotting, walking, bending, circles, and even some work on getting him to yeild his shoulders.
I plan on refining my stop by backing a few steps once I get the actual stop down, because right now I want an actual STOP, not a back lol. Sometimes he will just keep backing, so I end up having to bumb him with my legs, and I don't want that to be a habit ;)
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