Originally Posted by morganandme
If I put the reins in the middle will that help?... Sorry bout all the questions... Never switched before:):):)
Let me put it this way. Throw out your jointed leverage bits. They are too strong and NOT clear communication tools, especially for uneducated horses.
Get a snaffle. Either just a single joint, regular snaffle or I prefer the double jointed ones. Teach the horse - from the ground, to turn their head with pressure on the bit. So apply a small amount of pressure on the right rein, when the horse turns their head right, release the pressure. Repeat this both directions until the horse is giving politely. Then get on and practice in motion. When the horse is giving well to the bit start including neck reining. Touch the rein to the horse's neck - then a second later pull the rein to turn them, eventually the horse will turn with the neck pressure before you need to pull a rein.
Personally I wouldn't bother switching out of a snaffle. But if you must for showing use a ported curb bit.