Originally Posted by Sooneybear
He dosent respond very well to it that is why I believe he is ready for a different bit. He also needs to learn how to bend at the poll. I'm using a training fork on him and it is working for now.
That logic is completely wrong. He's "ready" for a different bit when all you have to do is think about stopping or slowing your pace, and he does it. Teaching him how to break at the poll by using a stronger bit isn't going to do anything but cause you problems later on.
You wouldn't throw a ten year old in a college level math class, so don't put your horse in a stronger bit until he has the basics down pat.