Originally Posted by mayfieldk
Cleve Wells, a huge name WP trainer, often starts his colts with a thin twisted wire snaffle.
Among other things...
And I guess a lot of people have difficulty spelling his name correctly. It's supposed to be C-L-E-F-T B-A-L-L-S.
Anyways, I have to agree with what's been said about training slow before go. Two ladies (trainer and client) at my barn have an arabian horse that they train in western pleasure. Much of the time he's just being popped in the face if he even remotely tries to move out. The ideal that they seem to be aiming for is when he's chopping around in an LDR frame, ducking even deeper when he's asked to stop. However, I haven't seen them using any gadgets or horrid face contraptions, so at least I haven't had to pull out my draw-rein scissors or bad-bit hack saw.