Originally Posted by Cherie
I would probably put a gag-snaffle on him and do a lot of leg yielding exercises with him until he adjusts speed like he is supposed to. I have used gag bits with rope or thin cord headstalls if they try to ignore the thicker ones.
I have used this in addition to one rein stops (which I usually refer to a 'taking a horse's head away from him') when a horse wants to duck behind the bit instead of slowing down. Then, along with leg yielding exercises, I would do a lot of transitions -- slow to fast to slow trot; Slow to faster to slow collected canter; Canter to trot, etc. If the horse does not IMMEDIATELY slow down I just take his head to his knee and then continue on like nothing happened at all. I will ask one nicely and lightly to slow down with both reins. If he does not, take his head away. You need to refuse to pull hard enough on both reins to give him a chance to duck behind vertical. Just ask and then take his head away.
Was this horse over-bitted or ridden by someone in draw reins or ??? Got him this way? A gag-snaffle really work well to reschool horses that get behind the bit and just stick their chins on their chests.
Really not sure. He's done it since before I got him. I will have to buy the gag, ie just been using a plain snaffle