We had the best ride yet yesterday.I have a 7 year old green paint.Ive had him since last july and he has progressed leaps and bound.He rides "Ok".The problems I have had.
> Always playing with his bit no matter what kind or how tight or how loose.
>His right hand turns suck.Always wants to turn left
>His stop sucks.It takes a while for me to get him to come to a complete halt.
>When I try to get him to back up he turns .Never backs up in a straight line so to speak.Its always a back and turning motion.
Two days ago the side of his mouth got pinched some how with the bit.So I desided to give it a shot without.I use CAs knotted rope halter so I hooked some ranes onto that and put his bridle on for added insurance just incase.I quickly realized that the bridle was not needed so I took it off.
After doing this he would
<Stop on a dime with just a whoo and a slight pull
<all I had to do was pull back lightly and cluck and he would back up in a straight line like a champ
<he rained so smoothly and I had him in a total spin at one point
It was the most relaxed ride.His head is normally always sky high and he was way more relaxed.He was on alert a little but for the most part it was more down.I had him in a full gallop and asked him to stop and he did it as soon as I asked.It was so great.
I don't know anything about this horse past except somewhere down the rode he was beat in the head.We have had to do major damage control with his ground manners and he's still not 100% but every time I got on him he's a different horse.I can tell whoever trained him did a great job I think he just picked up some bad habits along the way.Probably with who ever was whacking him.But obviously he was trained well if he is this perfect going bitless.