Hard-mouth, dead sides, retraining?
Okay, so, I have a horse, who was trained poorly. I want to retrain him so he is light on the mouth and sides and responds better to signals. The problem is, I have heard this is hard, and don't know where to start.
I don't want to have to yank on his mouth to get him to turn or do what I want. He is a very athletic horse, and I want to do so many things with him. But I can't. I have tried riding him in just a halter, and use the smallest amout of pressure I can, then gradually get stronger. I thought that it would make him realize he could respond to the light pressure if he wanted and he had a choice, and was thinking he would pick it becuase it was more comfortable.
Any suggestions, ideas, comments are appreciated. Thanks!
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown