Training question~! I tried looking for other threads but didn't find what I was looking for... Quick backstory:
So I've been riding in a french link wonder bit/elevator bit.. it's a gag bit. Anyway. I switched from an eggbutt single jointed snaffle to that in the early fall because my horse would not stop in his snaffle, he would walk right on through. I had success, he stops wonderfully in his gag - but I thought about it, and wanted to take yet another crack at re-sensitizing him to a snaffle. Went out this past weekend, picked up a D-ring french link this time. Here is the actual question part:
I've learned through several videos and articles (like this one, for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61RU9nnQmz8
) That hauling back on a snaffle is not the way to stop a horse, instead you flex them to a stop. Clinton uses this technique also, an "emergency one rein stop". My horse flexes very well on the ground. The issue I see is, in saddle, if I put pressure on one rein now, he will turn - how do I teach him the difference between flexing to a stop, and direct reining?? The answer I usually get to this is, use leg cues to turn - but how on earth do you teach leg cues without using direct reining first, you have to bump with your leg, then use the rein to show them what you mean. I wanted to teach him neck reining also, but this has the same issue, you can't teach a horse to neck rein, without using direct reining to show what you meant. I hope all that made sense.
How do you teach the one rein stop with a horse than is direct reined ?