I have had my 7 yr old paint gelding for about a year and a half now. I won't go into his past in great detail but just to make a long story short- he basicly was started by a novice rider who put him into a correction bit to start him, he learned to suck up bethind the verticle which lead to teach him to run backwards and rear. "Trainer" left him out to pasture for 2 yrs and then gave him to me as a showmanship horse because she said he was unridable due to his rearing issue.
Well I got him past all the resistant issues he learned from improper riding, other than the issue of him going behind the verticle. I've had several trainers help him get him past this issue but with no success...
Sometimes at home I simply just ride him in a halter, at this point I basicly do anything to avoid him sucking back. He is much calmer and relaxed with out a bit, keeps his head at a nice level and natural position and listens a lot better.
So I am thinking of getting a bosal to ride him in. My question is- can you show a 7yr old in a bosal in WP?