Greenie: Hard Mouth, Stiff Body
I have a little mutt pony named Rascal. He's roughly 4-years-old and green broke. He's never been consistantly worked under saddle until now.
He has a hard mouth and stiff, hard body. It takes an ungodly amount of pressure to make him stop or transition down. When turning, he braces against the bit and resists, trying to go his own way. He drops his shoulder and runs sideways through turns. Even at a walk, he resists the bit.
(Said bit is a simple egg butt snaffle with a thick, smooth mouth peice. Nothing crazy or harmful.)
I'm not sure how to educate a young horse about bit acceptance. Rascal just seems confused. He's a perfectly willing little pony and would probably give me the world if he knew that's what I wanted. Is it normal for a greenie to have this problem? Is it just a lack of understanding? What should I do?