Since I got Wiski a month and a half ago I haven't been able to get a bit in his mouth more than once without help. He clamps his teeth, moves his head up and down or away from me and whatnot. With help I've been able to get a bit in his mouth two other times. He REALLY hates it. I'm waiting for a new bit with copper on it to come in the mail. It's a D ring snaffle so maybe that will help a little. I'm also working on homing in my riding skills but when I can't ride him how can I do that, right?
So I was wondering how I go about riding him either without a bit or is there a way to get him to accept a bit? I hate having to struggle for an hour every time I want to ride him just to get a bit in his mouth and be too pissed off in the end to actually ride. So I have a few options I'm thinking about.
First option is to forget about the bit and just ride him in a rope halter with reins attached to the loops.. only problem with that is the rope halters all seem to be somewhat loose on his muzzle so it might move around a lot.
Second option is to try to figure out how to train him to accept a bit, hopefully the new bit will be more to his liking than the one (curb bit?) that came with the head stall. I'm also waiting on a new headstall to come in the mail.
Third option is to forget a "bit" and go with a hackamore... not much he could do to argue having that put on right?
So I was wondering if anyone knew a good way to train him to accept the bit? I've tried to put the thumb in the side of his mouth but he moves his head away every time and it's so awkward maybe I'm doing it wrong. Any suggestions are welcome at this point.
Side note :Remember to be nice and courteous with your replies as sometimes when people rude about giving advice it prompts people to not ask for it as often from those people.. (not that I've had any problem yet)
Thanks in advance for the help