haflinger to trainer ground work or saddle work?????
Hi everyone, I just purchased an 11 yr.haflie gelding. He is going to the trainer for one month for a refresher. Then lessons for my husband. I have a couple of questions.
The reason I am sending him to the trainer is because he evades the bit. Previous owner used a tt and a mech. Hackamore - I am confused as to why because he does not neck rein. I use a french link snaffle. He ran right through it. Wouldn't turn - at all. I felt he was confused, he started to paw (not to roll) and gave tiny tiny buck..
Being a timid rider, I realized I don't know what to do, hence the trip to a trainer.
One trainer wants to do alot of ground work, the other work in saddle. I lean toward the ground work, but I am not a trainer, any adivse?
He doesn't go until May 13, so until then, should I still ride him in the fenced pasture? If so, with what kind of bit. I feel he completly disgregarded the snaffle, I have a kimberwick here that my sister used on a very bratty pony, would that work? We have both, the jointed and low port. They both have different rein slots. I put him in a snaffle with a copper half moon, did the same, then went on to the apple flavored snaffle, (has a roller in the middle), just wouldn't turn, he fought every step and he certainly wouldn't stop. He has great whoa on the ground, I don't have a round pen, and he will lunge but will all of a sudden take off. Advise Please.