Originally Posted by jazzyrider
i know JDI didnt respond to this but im going to. JDI is right when she says that every horse can be ridden in a snaffle. Just because a horse goes badly for a while doesnt mean he can't be ridden in it. I always always always use snaffles and I've had some pretty out there horses. It depends on the horse as to how long it will take but every horse will do fine with a snaffle eventually. Some need more time to get the concept. But its not just the horse. The rider has to know what he/she is doing as well. Between a knowledgable rider and proper training techniques any horse will eventually soften and do well with a snaffle. Not everything happens overnight but with patience progress can be made.
For the benefit of people who are just learning stuff here with us it would be good to state that something like not every horse being able to have a snaffle is what you have found in your experience but does not make it rule of thumb for every horse everywhere.
When I rode him in a snaffle he wouldn't listen for anything. I have ridden him in a halter but its not all about trust or how soft because yes he can ride in a halter and a snaffle but what about when he wants to do what he wants to do? He bursts off and that little tickle in his mouth ain't going to do diddly squat. Maybe its different for a different horse with a soft mouth but its not for Junior. He don't work like that.