Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Teach him to respond to your seat. For example, in the trot, post slower and lower, make him match your seat. Same goes for the walk and canter, but you have to think "slow" with your seat.
I would suggest instead of throwing your reins away, you keep the contact and teach him to stretch and take the bit downwards, while keeping contact with his bit.
Honestly, the bit should have very little to do with your riding. I can throw just about any bit in Dancer's mouth and adjust my riding for the correct response; from a snaffle to a pelham.
My attention span is that of a gnat right now, I'll be back to add more later.
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