Ok, so my recent horse is about 7 years old and has never had a bit in his mouth, only a hackamore, and I am willing to bet he's never been direct reined.
Since I eventually want to do show jumping and hunters with him I need to work on using a snaffle so today I bought him a snaffle, but I want to make sure I am going about it the right way, I think he would like an Egg butt snaffle with an elevator piece? Or in western terms a dogbone piece. Anyway I got him a D ring Rubber snaffle, I figured the rubber will be really gentle on his lips and mouth since he's never had a bit or contact on his mouth.
When I ride him in it tomorrow should I start out with no contact and keep neck reining for now and work our way to contact and direct reining or should I just jump right in and start teaching him?