I just bought a 13yr old TB mare which I plan on training for dressage and jumping. She was a track horse and the previouse owners did polo on her. She is good on the ground and ok under saddle however. She is incredibly high headed and doesn't know alot of things she's very one sided. Doesn't know lateral work. Has never been jumped or learned to collect. I have been told I have to use side reins to teach her how to accept the bit. But I have never uses side reins and my trainer isn't around at the moment. I was wondering a few things and want your advice on them. What ways do you use to train your horses to collect/accept the bit. Do you have any exercises for one sided and high headed horses. I lunge her alot on both sides evenly I ask her frequently to just lower her head and am making some progress but I want some prospectives because I have not heard much about training horses to accept the bit and such thanks!
(I plan on getting proffesional help too soon by the way.)