Originally Posted by Spirithorse
Please don't go to a harsher bit, that is never the answer. For the one rein stop, you need to bend his nose to your boot, "stab" yourself in the thigh with your hand that is bending him, and PUSH yourself back into the saddle with your other hand to anchor your butt to the saddle. DO NOT release until his feet are stopped and he is soft in your hand. Work on bending him on the ground first so that it's easier in the saddle.
And what is wrong with a curb bit?? Nearly every western horse wears one and on the average I would say the western horses are easier/softer then english horses.
As for the one rein stop look at the second video. He talks about using all the power in your muscle that you can. Brace the feet forward and pull as hard as you can with your muscle??
What does she have to loose by trying a curb?? The curb is not harsh by nature and it is only the person using a bit that makes it harsh.
Did you notice that the guy in the one rein stop wore spurs???
Give the curb bit a try. Be gentle but if you ask the horse to stop and he doesn't then get harsh with a good pull on the bit. You might be suprised at the respect it gains you and you also might find you need only a light touch to stop him in future.
If you don't try something how do you know it doesn't work. Just because you use a snaffle doesn't mean you are not harsh on the horses mouth