11-26-2013, 05:32 PM
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Agreed--no BIT fixes this problem.
WINTER is the BEST time to retrain. It's too cold to work really hard, so you need to work SMART. Your horse needs a couple of months of, "Oh, NO, you DIDN'T!!" when you ask for a halt and a half-halt and he won't listen. Start on the ground and DEMAND perfect halts. Get somebody to teach you to drive from the ground and you can REALLY control him. Use a snaffle that he is comfortable with, and maybe play around with a bosel or just a cavesson when he starts to listen and when you ground train, too so that he flexes when he halts.
Horses have excellent hearing. Use English and whisper. It's the same concept as using ounces of pressure. When you get back to jumping, make the jumps very low and ask him to jump them from a walk and from a halt. He MUST listen to you, the rider, or else we'd be showing them with puppets aboard in every class. Savvy?