We're using a D ring snaffle on him, both western and english (they don't have two different bridles... they don't know much about horses at all.) Tack fits fine. It seems to have gotten worse, too, beause at first he'd just refuse and then do it after a few attempts when he learned he sorta wasn't going to get out of it. That was probably a month ago. Now he just flat out refuses by throwing his head up and jerking his whole body right. It's mainly when we're going in circles or crossing the ring and need to make a semi-sharp left.
I am not heavy on his mouth, probably too loose actually at times cause he's used to them being in more contact, and with my western pleasure background I feel strange holding his head too much. He'll pull his head around when we're standing still and i give a light tug, which makes me think it can't be neck pain... but I just don't know. I've never seen a horse do it before. I always ask him to turn using light pressure from the rein though, because his sides are EXTREMELY sensitive to pressure and he will canter off really fast if you give much leg pressure to him at all.... which I learned the hard way the first time I rode him! haha
Proud owner of 13yr old Paint Gelding, Bali! <3
Last edited by BaliDoll; 10-19-2009 at 01:50 PM.