So for the past 2 or 3 years I've been riding english and this new project horse I'm working with is ridden western. I'm beginning to relax back into the western style of riding. (I rode western before I rode english.) When I go out to ride him tonight, I'm switching his bit from a tom thumb to a snaffle because I'm finding that I use a lot of direct rein pressure so I thought it'd be better to switch him into a snaffle. But I ride with two hands on the reins with the reins crossed over each other in between my hands. I know western horses are pretty much ridden on a slightly loose rein but I find myself using a lot of contact with the bit. Is it because I've ridden english so much or because I'm working on training the horse? It gets so frustrating how after like 30 sec or a min goes by with the reins slightly loose, he starts to ignore me and rushes right through and then I have to take up the reins. Arrggg.
Any tips or suggestions about what I need to be doing?
He's got the basics down for neck reining if that's any help.