Originally Posted by lauralynnee
Hi All- I wanted to get your opinions/advice on something. The 10 Year Old mare that I have has some issues with not responding to her bit, currently a twisted snaffle (it's what her old trainer had recommended). I know that she has gaps in her training,
You need to start her (reining) over. Ground train with a halter and lead. You don't need anything special, just use the one she wears everyday. First, teach her to "halt", "walk on" with just the lead, and a dressage length whip--farm supply stores sell them for about $12. Teach "Left" and "right" by making a set of reins out of the one lead, but teach it on the ground. After she learns left and right, revisit halt with the lead-reins. Give LOTS AND LOTS of PRAISE, so she knows that's she pleasing you, and will continue to try to learn from you.
CA has great ideas BUT he can convince you that you HAVE to buy his stuff or else your horse won't train in. Do you have RFDtv? You might want to watch Dennis Reis. I really like his gentle methods.
Keep the snaffle. The ONLY nice thing about a full-cheek snaffle is that it won't run through the horse's mouth if they don't give to the bit. I own 4, (2 for reenactments) The US Cavalry had a "watering bit", which was a full-cheek snaffle, with sewn reins, and each side had a chain and t-bar attachment the hooked on to loops on the bottom and each side of the halter.