sounds like you are hanging on him. You need to change levels of pressure instantly. Whether he responds to it or not. If he doesnt answer right away, move to stronger pressure immediately.
Can you explain this to me? It could be that the way I was applying it was wrong, but I just can't figure out a different way in my mind - I would do a soft squeeze, like one that I would eventually want him to respond to - then of course he would keep walking, so after a step or two I'd pull back towards my hips, he'd keep walking, step or two, then I'd do a SNAP back with my reins.. sometimes this would work, sometimes it wouldn't, and the force you'd have to use was so heavy handed (still milder than what the one trainer wanted though). That's why when I realized this progression wasn't working and just being cruel, I stepped up to a bit that yes, people think is harsh but in his case was so much gentler in getting him to stop.
Someone asked how he got like this - Well, I could make excuses but really I probably did this to him in the very beginning when I had no idea about anything and just hopped on up and pulled like a 5 year old. Then I got bucked off, broke my arm, and decided from then on we were going to do things right and do research for every little freaking thing. Which has been going well ever since.
So If we try this in the the new snaffle, which I do think he's going to like better just because of the french link alone - how long do you leave between increasing the pressure (I was leaving maybe a second or two)? Or do you do it all in different severity 'snaps' ?
On the ground he stops on verbal cues on the lunge and in hand, it just does not translate to the saddle. I have not long lined him, only because I have no lines really for it... I have one 6ft lead, one 10 ft lead, one 14ft lead and a 30 ft lunge line. I cannot imagine having to go out and buy more lines for one horse ahahaha My boyfriend already gave me a talk for having 3 bits for one animal.
And I apologize to everyone I haven't gotten out there this week to work him and try different ideas yet, it has been -30C to -40C pretty solid all week. Tomorrow it's going to be very nice out and I'll be sure to update this finally.