Suggestions for my new horse
I bought my horse, Breeze, about eight months ago. The man I got him from was VERY rough with him! When I went to see Breeze the first time he was chained to a post, with a logging chain! Whenever the man would get near him he would panic, which I can understand. I think most people would have never even ridden him from the way he was acting. But, I believed in him and took a chance. From the moment he stepped onto my farm he has been a completely different horse. By far the best personality of any horse I have come in contact with. Sorry, I am making this way too long :)
What type of bit would you all recommend? He was being ridden western, with spurs, curb bit, etc. Very aggressive! I have been riding him English with a simple snaffle. He does okay with this bit. When we are out trail riding, he gets very determined to go home, naturally. When I try to turn him away from the direction of home it becomes quite difficult. I have tried using leg aides to encourage him to turn in the direction we should be going. He can be sensitive to leg aides because he is used to being spurred! I literally can have his head turned almost back to be knee and he is still moving in the direction he wants to go in. This also becomes an issue when I try to work him in large/small circle. He bends very very hard to the outside of the circle. I think part of this is he is unbalanced.
So, I think I have said a lot without saying a lot, haha. Thank you for your patience!