Yeah, I know I want to go back to the bit, I have a Tom Thumb Snaffle with copper. It's mild enough for him I think. I wanted to try it anyway because the Hackamore doesn't seem to give him the cues when I want to give him. I thought he was just being disrespectful when he gave me problems but when the trainer came out she said no way, he was a very honest and trusting horse and she said there is no way this horse would want to dump me on purpose. I am going to be having her come out some more but she is a student at college in Vermont and was a grand prix rider so she isn't around a lot, probably wont be for another month or two that she comes back but she left me with ground driving to make him better at steering. So tomorrow I will work on getting him use to the bit, he might even accept it now that we have so much trust. I mean when I got him, he wouldn't even get in a barn and if I acted like I was about to cross-tie him forget it, he flipped out! But now... I walk him in the barn aisle without his lead rope and he walks to the cross-ties and waits patiently and I can cross-tie him and then I have desensitized him to shovels scraping, rakes scraping on his hooves, even threw shovels by his side to get him use to things moving around him so he is pretty much bombproof in the barn. On the ground he is reliable and if he gets scared or spooked he puffs and jumps in his spot but won't jump around. So he's come a very long way so I'm thinking he will accept it from me. Oh and he allows me to throw tarps over him, he walks over cardboard, the one thing we are working on is crossing bridges so I took their top stall door down and laid it on the ground and have been getting him to walk over it, then separately walking through puddles but now I have to combine them, (mom's not too happy about the puddles haha). I am in Virginia at the moment on vacation and judging by this post I am guessing you can tell I miss him :( I have my best friend horse and dog sitting and I trust her fully and I know when I get back, he's going to be spoiled so I might have to back track a bit and review what I've taught him so refresh his mind, shouldn't take long, just a quick touch of everything. Most of it I have done over and over again, another thing I want to get him use to is cars. I am not sure how he is with them and we have a back road running behind our house so after I get his ground driving done, and he knows the cues better I will take him out and get my boyfriend out there with my car first and just drive by with the motor being quiet(so cruise) and then have him go by (timeline not specified because if it takes a week, it takes a week) with the car revving and higher speeds, then graduate to his new dodge ram with duals and go by with motor quiet, then loud and revving. I also know a farmer next door with dump trucks and once Glyder is good, I'll have the dump truck go by. I just want him use to everything to make him completely quiet with things and when he does spook I want him to have trust with me to know I wont let the boogyman get him.
Sorry I wrote a novel :/ I'm missing my snugglebug