I rode him in a snaffle originally. He majorly leans and runs throgh my hands. I've been working and working on this for quite some time. He had little kids on him before so I suspect that maybe they pulle don his mouth a lot.
When I ride in show I have to use a curb because he's older. He responds amazing to that, perfect in everything, but for my english stuff I do have to use the snaffle bit. I've been doing a lot of applying light pressure, then gradually getting harder and ahrder until I get a response and I ALWAYS ask as light as I can, with the vocal/seat/leg cues first.
I can ride him in the snaffle and survive the experience, but I want to teach complete suppleness and softness if I can. He's gotten a lot better but I just want some other excercizes to deal with this other than what I've been doing, if you have some suggestions.