Originally Posted by furbabymum
I'm starting to realize that he is one of those gentle horses that may never have been broken. I don't think he quite knows what I want him to do. He trys but he just isn't getting it. He's never been lunged or at least he doesn't know how. I've been trying to teach him but it's been slow going.
I just feel like a bit would give me a bit more control and him a bit more guidance.
You can't expect him to know if he's never been properly taught.
Now I'm not particularly talking about bits and please don't mistake me for a fan of the hackamore. I'm not.
I mean generally.
You really can't just stick a bit in a horses mouth on Sunday and then by Wednesday be on a forum 'complaining' that he doesn't know what to do.
You need to give him time and let him learn.
BUT you need to know what you're doing and I'm going to be brutally honest here. The fact you're posting to 'complain' he's doing what he should be doing when he's first bitted I.e. Mouthing and chewing on it, makes me think you really are best advised to elicit the help of a trainer to work with your horse and you and to help you to help him.