Training and bit help on Arab
Ok, I am going to give you his story, hopefully it will help. Jitterbug is an 18 year old, late gelded Arabian. He is 14 hands, intelligent and very headstrong. His previous owners gave him NO training other than to slap a poorly fitting saddle on, put a heavy rider on till he stopped bucking, put on a horrific bit and run barrels until he became too wild for anyone to ride, then dump him in a rocky field. I met him at the barn I rode at, and bonded with him to the point that I was the only person he would allow to catch and ride him. I bought him (the owners just wanted him gone) and have been training him for some low level dressage, and some small jumping (he loves it). He is working on getting His head down, and accepting contact. The main problem is he does not yield to leg pressure very well, and he bolts at the canter. He is in a D ring snaffle with rubber bars, which he likes but I have problems stopping him with. He can now be ridden safely by experienced, light handed riders and is much friendlier in the pasture to other people. Does anyone have any tips for getting him to move off my leg, or to get him to accept the bit? And what other bits might I try? He is vet approved for what I am asking, but is bored quickly with schooling. For the record, I am relatively young, have him at a barn with plenty of experienced dressage and eventing people, and have a trainer. I am a relatively experienced rider, but this is new to me. He has already made so much positive progress, but any help is appreciated. :) and I'm not sure if it matters or not, but he is barefoot.