I took my six-year old out for a stroll today in the yard, because he hasn't been ridden in a bit and I thought if I rode him in the arena he'd just throw a fit out of boredom with it. He started off toward the road and it was nearly impossible to slow or stop him. The bit he wears is a tom thumb and I ride bareback, so could poor seat cause lack of communication? Should he have another bit or a hackamore? Is he just not respecting me? It'd be awesome to have one ride that isn't a constant power-struggle. He used to be very willing and responsive, but that was when I rode him nearly every day. I've tried that recently, but wind up not doing it because he's so hard to handle.
So, ehh..... yeah. X_x