I am 16, so please don't come to the conclusion that im some "yee-haw dangerous rider" even though I love going galloping, I want to be able to have some brakes behind me because my horse has a past of refusing and fast horse+no brakes+ possible refusing? Not good at all.
My current bit is (i know I should not resort to harsher bits but I am just not strong enough and he only becomes strong on cross country and sometimes stadium and only at shows) an elevator bit bit double reins and a chain.--I really do want to be able to go back to a single rein on the elevator and maybe no chain. I do not want a harsher bit also.
My question is, what is the most efficient way of slowing a horse down with out putting too much of a fight on my part, he is an ex racehorse so he loves to run. I really want to get this under control since now its becoming a bit dangerous, controllable, but dangerous. And I certainly do not want to be looked at as a dangerous rider.
He is also fine at XC schooling, even when I do numerous jumps all together to mock a real course. So trying to train him to chill out and slow down is very hard for me. Any Ideas?
Thanks for reading this and hopefully take the time to give me some tips and techniques to help me!!!