So the green horse is Exclusive Gunshow, aka Ruger. I posted his first ride on her awhile ago. He got sixty days, a summer off for trail riding, and has been back to work for about a week now in the arena. The Owner I'm talking about is my Mom, since he is technically hers even though I ride him.
Well, Ruger likes to fling his head around. Yes, his teeth are FINE. Two vets and three dentists couldn't all be missing something. He's just very fidgety. I can ask him to soften his face in the snaffle and he will, but he is just very busy. He's only three.
The thing is, at the barn, there is one kid who rides the horses for the trainer who accidently used the wrong bit on Ruger. He used a twisted wire snaffle when it was supposed to be a Myler Comfort snaffle. Well long story short, Ruger has some sores on his mouth. Nothing too bad but enough to make softening nearly impossible because it hurts.
So, his normal rider put him in a side pull until his sores can heal. He works fine in this but is not used to being asked to soften from the nose pressure. He's getting it slowly, but he's only been in it a day so I'm happy with what he's learning.
Back when he was still being ridden in the bit Mom then wanted to advance him onto a Myler combination, which has shanks AND a nose rope. I don't think he is ready for that. I don't like the bit anyway, I don't think adding both pressures just to cover up his high headed nature is going to help. I tried to explain that and she won't listen to me.
So now that he's in the side pull, she wants to put him in a bosal because he's still not softening. I don't like this either. I tried to explain to her that he's only been in it a day and he's already making a considerable advancement into it. That and the bosal would probably just confuse him at this point in time, that and Mom doesn't know how to ride in one. She just bought one and started riding without ever learning and its kinda getting bad, especially since I've actually had lessons with the bosal from a trainer and she still won't listen to me.
What do you guys think? I want to keep him in the sidepull actually, I don't mind if he's bitless and I actually like him better without the snaffle. He's picking up on things much faster than he did before.