Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
He is actually in a loose ring in the photo, and I have ridden in either that or an eggbutt depending on the class. In western, I can ride him two handed in a snaffle until he his six, but then I will have to switch to a curb or other show approved bit. I am trying to solve these issues before I make the switch.
I read someone else's post with a similar problem, and saw that a copper ring bradoon was suggested. I am willing to try different bits, but it really feels like the actuall excercises I do with him and whatever bit are going to be the most helpful.
I like the idea of the half halts on the inside and will try that. For now becasue I am still able to ride him two handed, it will definitely work for western training.
A lot of time, I feel like I am really having to constantly squeeze him to drive him forward. When I get the impulsion it does help him balnace on the bit rather than lean on it, but I have a really hard time maintaining the really good impulsion for long. Does it sound like the impulsion issue is related to the leaning on the bit? If so, any ideas to keep the impulsion there (he is naturally a bit lazy)?
What about suppling side to side (which I already work on a lot) - will that help with over all suppleness??
When asking for something with the rein would it be best to ask an hold releasing right when he perfoms whatever is being asked, or to ask release, ask release while the action is being performed??