I am in need of some advice/guidance for initiating my horse from the twisted wire snaffle to this correction Bit Reinsman Circle R Correction Bit, CR755 - Tractor Supply Online Store.
Today was the first time I put the bit in her mouth. I didn't ride or lunge her, I just wanted to give her a idea of it first, then tomorrow do a small ride and so on and so on.
My question is,,,,with today being the first time in her mouth,, she played with it alot as well as acted like she couldn't close her mouth at all, but I did see an automatic lowering of her head with it. I don't know if that is a good thing or what.
The problem I am having with her is that when asking her for the jog, she throws her head up and goes faster than what I want, so then I do smaller circles till she slows but she isn't slowing, she is stopping too a walk. I still keep leg on her but use the circles to slow her and then what I planned on doing was leaving her out of the circles to job as a reward. She also gets what I call a little nervous when at shows, so I also got some quietex too see if that also helps calm her a little. It all looks like it has natural ingrediants in it. She works well off of my leg in the round pen, and I guess still does too a point up in the larger ring, however not as good. I bought the bit too see if it would help get her collected a bit more and to help keep her head down. I have very light hands as is and am doing WP so a long rein is desired.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. I am doing a show this weekend, however plan on signing up for beginner classes due too my 11 yr old mare and our training issues.