Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
AK1 - to start with a dutch gag is not dressage legal, nor is a pelham, a weymouth should never be used without the bradoon.
A double bridle should never be used for brakes, it is for extra refinement and to give a better feel down the reins
What mouth pieces have you used? There is more to bitting then just the sided of the bit.
Sorry but from everything I have read it is deffinatly a training problem. If the mare is not doing what you want then you have a training issue, when you give the signal for halt, if she does not halt (ie she slows down to a piaffe) then she is not understanding or is not taking notice of your signals. Both cases are a training issue, the first because she has never been taught what those signals mean and the second because she obviously lacks respect for the aids given.
Example - Stan was very well schooled, it didnt matter what tack I had on him, I took up a contact then he came round, If I said halt he did, If I put my leg back we got canter, if I pushed him over we went sideways, half halts got his back end under him. I regularly rode him in both a french link snaffle (egbut) a pelham or a double depending on what I was doing (snaffle or double for dressage, pelham for showing), however I knew full well that I could ride him in a head collar and lead rope and he would still react exactly the same becaus ehe respected me and had had it drilled into his brain that me sitting up and tensing my tummy muscles (essentialy blocking forward movement through my spine) ment that he had to stop or slow down dependng on the degree of tensing I did and when I released the forward movements!
I'm worried that a trainer is advocating bitting up a horse rather then seeing the obvious issue with training.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT