Originally Posted by Chiilaa
Evil, is there not a Horseland near you? I bought my cavesson from there, and it is very adjustable. Could be adjusted to fit my TB mare that had a cob size head, through to my Mum's TB gelding that was a WB size.
There is one way out north-west but I don't have a car
I have to go to Brighton because I'm one of those old-fashioned farts that can't buy stuff without touching it and taking it apart first
But there's no way he'd fit a Full - his head isn't particularly long as such and he's a comfortable Full in cheekpieces/crownpiece, but definite WB in the throatlatch and noseband. Otherwise I'd totally be getting one!
Klassic - do you have any photos of your horse working (either lunge or under saddle) before he got ulcers? As far as the order of fixing stuff, to get him working properly I'd wait til he was better and if he needs lots of exercise to keep him from getting into trouble I'd look at free-schooling/liberty work (which is really fun for him too - a lot more stimulating than lungeing). Liberty work can come in handy if you forget key pieces of tack, which I do all the time
Once he's better, the first thing to do will be to fix the BTV/avoiding contact issue. Only once he's seeking contact will he be working properly and be able to get off the forehand. Once he's off the forehand then he'll be able to start developing a good contact. Sounds a bit like chicken and eggs but it's just a matter of rebalancing him. Unless he's really struggling to lift his back when you're in the saddle (which from other threads he doesn't seem to be) then I'd think those issues are easier to sort out under saddle.
I'd be starting by looking for a really good quality walk before I moved onto trot/canter work though. Sounds boring I know, but you can still do some trot and canter out hacking and stuff so neither of you get bored, but make sure you don't ignore the quality of your walk