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post #11 of 12 Old 12-22-2008, 01:38 AM
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I agree with getting a different bit. Try going back to a simple snaffle and work in the arena, where it is a secure area, to get him to bend and give to the bit before you try to take him on the trail. I don't think that riding bareback would cause a lack of communication if that is how you have ridden him before. Work on getting him supple and responsive to the slightest cue on the bit. Lots of serpentines, half-halts, stops, and backing will help. Also, I would teach him to do a one-rein stop.

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Originally Posted by iridehorses View Post
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've had him since he was a colt and my instructor did most of his early training, which was about a year of weekly lessons. I've been riding for about nine years.

I sink down a little and provide a solid 'wall' of pressure with the command "Halt", releasing of course when he obliges. No, I haven't.

Alright, thanks.
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