Originally Posted by Jr_lover
look thanks for telling me all this but I already know all of it. I'm sry but I decided to move from the snaffle bit. I'm just think snaffles aren't my horses thing. And I find it very wrong that you wanna call me hard handed I am very gentle with him and rarely put alot of pressure on him unless need be. Look the tom thumb is a second step up to the worst that he has been in. I'm going to pull him back down in time but honestly I can't ride a horse that bolts off with no control now that's dangerous.
And I asked for how to do collection and an extended trot not what type of bit to use. He is fine in the bit he is in.
I can't help someone who is not willing to try. 99.9% of our horses' problems come from the rider/handler. It is up to the rider to change the way things are done so that the horse can improve to meet our needs.
Thank goodness you are very gentle with your hands when you have a nasty tom thumb bit in his mouth! No horse deserves the constant pinching nutcracker effect of that bit.
I don't think you'll get anywhere in improving your horse's collection and extended trot if you don't first work on the basics and move back to a snaffle bit. You (and your trainer) are ignoring some very strong signs from your horse. I always address my horse's issues by going back to basics. If my horse was trying to tell me something as strongly as your horse is trying to tell you something (by running off with you), it means that there is a hole in his training and I would go back to basics to review everything and fill in the hole. You can't progress through college if you haven't completed middle school yet.