1. He wants to pull the reins out of my hands. Just imagine a horse lowering its head to graze but with force against the bit. I don't pull back or jerk, I just keep my hand even with my horn and let him hit the bit and figure out that he's not pulling the reins out of my hand. What should I do?
2. When riding I can't seem to get him to stay in a straight line. He is difficult to keep straight or turn. He likes to drift from side to side. I put him back where I want him to be and he moves off again. While doing this, he isnt giving into the pressure. He takes his face to the opposite direction. I want him to give in and let me have his face.
3. I have a difficult time stopping. I have him in a loose ring snaffle and it takes some pulling to make him stop. I do sit back in my saddle and lean my legs forward when stopping. He ignores me. I want to be able to tell him to stop and that's what I mean, STOP! Don't move forward two steps, don't keeping going. I'm going to start competing in high speed events and a good stop is a must for both his safety and mine.
All in all, I want to be able to fix these problems and keep him soft, soft, soft at the same time. I'm not looking to create a hard mouthed horse. I want to make his riding experience more pleasent rather than yanking and twisting and turning every minute. I want to have fun and I'm sure he wants to have fun too!