Toto, I'll have to look into draw bits. Mind posting an example for me? Google images gives me a lot of different looking things!
I rode today. Tacked her up, and when I put on her newly-arrived Hackamore... My bridle was too long! I have to punch a few more holes in it so it'll sit properly. BUT, she's already tacked up, so I threw on her halter bridle instead. Hopped up, rode around. She was AWFUL with her reaching - started almost immediately (got worse when she was near the door to outside and I wouldn't let her walk out - she can see all her buddies through the door). She hasn't been truly ridden in a loooong time so I honestly expected it.
Eventually I remembered that her new rope halter I was using (I lost her old one) had rings tied into the sides. Clipped the reins onto the rings, unclipped the bit. At first she thought this meant we were done (no more bit!). When she realized we weren't, she had a little fit.
But the first time she reached down, I pulled back and gave her a 'whoa.' And you know what? She brought her head back and stood there, looking back at me. It took 5 or 6 times, but she stopped. The only time she reached was then I planted her smack in front of the door leading out and wouldn't let her walk out - then she stamped her hoof and reached and threw her head a bit. But the rest of the time she was amazing. I ended up having to keep some contact, because she's never ridden in her halter and was trying to outmuscle me to go where she wanted - and I think the light contact on the nose is what had her keep her head still. It was magical and I absolutely cannot wait to use the Little S.
Last edited by Shoebox; 07-09-2013 at 06:04 PM.