Soo.. I just bought a rescue case that has been ridden in less then ideal circumstances. The rider had a tomb thumb SNAFFLE, yes it's a snaffle with two short cheek pieces, that was too big for this horse mouth, he would pull his hands up to his chest to stop said horse, and every cue was given with a big kick in the ribs.
I Rode him myself in my own gear, and he had a mouth that felt locked against the bit, like he was ignoring my subtler cues, although it worked, I want him to soften a hole lot, I basically used my body to stop him, ignored his mouth completely, he is very sensitive to cues from the seat and legs..
I'd like to use him as an eventer or show jumper, he's keen to jump anything! How should I go about fixing this problem? I Want him to round up and stop resisting the bit, but im not sure what exactly would be the best bet. I'm using a standard snaffle, and haven't ridden him since I bought him on the 31st, I'd like to get him working correctly on the ground before I throw myself up there and have him run threw my hands, I thought maybe a hackamore or bitless bridle may work, but, he will still resist my hands when I put a bit back into his mouth. Or should I ride him, but with softer, gentler cues until he gets the picture?
Thanks for any help! :)