So! I just got a new 5 year old gelding. Very broke. Supposedly was shown earlier on but lately has been used mostly for trail and gaming. I rode him today for the first time and here are OUR problems.
Dropping shoulder into turns
Stopping on the front end
Pushing/walking through the bit when asked for a stop/back/sidestep/haunch turn etc.
I am riding him in a medium weight O Ring snaffle and am thinking about transitioning him into a Myler D Ring comfort snaffle with the independent side movement HOPEFULLY to help pick up that shoulder...
The previous owner rode him, and all of her other horses, in a twisted wire O Ring. I refuse to go that route.
I'm thinking working on collection could help?
Any advice/comments/experiences WHATEVER would be much appreciated. I am wondering about bit choices (rings, shanks etc) and methods that may help supple him up or whatever you recommend. I check back often so I can answer any additional questions you may have.