I just started working with our 8 yr old stallion trying to get him broke to ride. I have a very good start on ground work and saddling. Since he has been a big pet and easy to handle it has allowed me to to be able to ride him for the first time last weekend.
However, when I offered for him to take the bit, he absolutly refused. We had a little dance and exchanged words. Everytime he refused I would start lunging him. Finally I got him to except with minor trouble. I spent a whole day from offering treats and repeating the process. But the problem is that after I give him a break (after leaving on good terms), he would go back to being a stubborn idot!
The bit is a sweet copper tom thumb broken bit. I have used it on several other horses with no trouble. The stallion never had a bit in his mouth before, but has been work with on excepting odd things in his mouth. After I know that he will except a bit, I will consider a different training bit but not until I know that he is comfortable with the process.