Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Dodger, welcome to the forum.
A couple of questions for you. He is 6 years old but how much training has he had? How much experience have you had?
Although I am against the TT for a number of reasons it should only be used on a horse that neck reins. If he doesn't, then direct reining with a shanked bit should be avoided since the dynamics of that bit will send mixed signals to your horse.
How are you asking him to stop? Have you used a one rein stop on him?
Aside from all that, and as mentioned before, you need to go back to the basics with him and that means a lot of ground work. He needs to learn, or relearn, basic commands and respect (as in who is in charge). When you ride him do a lot of half halts and serpentines. A horse that has been trained well will not forget that training after just a few months. I bought a 10 year old last year that hadn't been ridden in 3 years but it all came right back to her after just a little bit of time but I gave her clear commands that she understood and knew that I was in charge.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
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