Nope, its def. 600. I'll pull out his papers, it may be a few less. But that boy was shown a bit and was quite the champion before he got sick.
But, I do agree with you completely. I think he's a little tired of it. He went from being in a shown barn 24/7 and at a new show every weekend to a small time barn with a little girl who just wanted a pony.
I did use draw reins with him and I refuse to use them again. They work with some horses, don't get me wrong. But not for him, he rebels.
The whole softening with countinous contact has been working MIRACLES. He really seems to be taking to it. I think I may bring him down to a nice soft bit too. He enjoys a nicer bit rather then the correction or curb.
I think part of the problem is me, but I don't think its that I'm pushing him too hard. It's that im not pushing him hard enough. I have terrible knees from sports so sometimes I don't train with him for a week at a time until I can bend properly again. They've gotten better but I still have to keep my training sessions short. Plus, and as embarassed as I am to admit this, I have a terrrrrrible temper and if we start to go downhill I'll start to lose my cool. Rather then take it out on him and be a mean jerk face to him I hop off and walk him out.
I'm going to be getting a new trainer soon and will hopefully be able to pay her a little extra to get on him once in a while when my knees are really bugging me. I may be getting surgery to fix them, so hopefully I'll be back to my 2 hour daily training sessions with him.
His old owner is a good friend of mine and when he started pulling this crap with me I e-mailed him. Apparently this isnt new? But he was able to work it out with him fairly quickly, while I can't seem to get him to do what I want.
Thanks for the ideas and help guys, really appreciating everything.