Would you do this if a client requested it...?
I have someone at the barn who I have been riding their horse for them. The horse is green. I have had nothing but a smooth snaffle on him for months, as I do with every horse unless I am specifically trying to work on something that requires them to be up in the bridle or unless I am prepping them to be in the bridle.
Well today, I was riding the colt, he was great, he really is a little joy. A typical ridiculously goofy and lanky baby but willing and sincere in the way he acts when ridden. The owner came and watched me. I explained everything I was doing, how I was teaching him to engage his hind end and move off my leg and finally how he was starting to learn to neck rein. He can haunch turn, forehand turn, sidepass, do simple lead changes, expanded forehand turns, speed transitions, things like that.
She took that and ran with it! She claimed that if he is learning how to neck rein, there is no reason why I can't start putting him in a curb bridle. I tried explaining to her that even though he is doing very well with the neck rein he is still not ready for the curb and also that he can neck rein just as well in a snaffle as he would in the curb. She didn't seem to care. She is basically demanding that I move him up into the bridle. I really do not think that is a good move.
The head trainer at the barn is not aware of this, I did not have time to call her today and she was not around. I will be telling her first thing in the morning because after the long conversation with the lady she seems to think she knows better than me. I may be much younger than her but I know what is best for that colt...And he is the type that will get intimidated by a stronger bit. I really don't think in this stage he should come out of the snaffle.
What do you guys think? Would you let the lady have her way and put him in a curb? Or should I put my foot down and keep him in a snaffle? The conversation was left open ended but I never agreed to put him in the shank bit, nor do I really intend on it unless someone can change my mind...
If and when I did move him up I would play it nice. Either my Jr. Cowhorse that has a roller on it, or my short shank bit with a Billy Allen mouthpiece. Neither are harsh bits at all, but I still don't think it's time for him to meet them yet...
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
Last edited by SorrelHorse; 08-30-2012 at 10:24 PM.