I need a bit of bit help.
I have a little roan horse I purchased that my trainer and I have been retraining. I like my trainer a lot, but I would like a little bit of outside opinions on this matter because no one knows everything (including my trainer).
Oh I work with a trainer but she's just kinda giving me once a week from the ground lessons. I've trained problem horses and started 2 year olds under this trainer for years a few years back.
My goal is to train this horse for reining. We may never actually compete but its my goal.
I purchased the horse knowing he needed a complete overhaul. He was ridden in a tie down, and did not give to any pressure at all; in fact he just leaned on it.
He rode head sky high, 100 miles an hour, go go go.
We now have his walking and trotting around, backing pretty darn soft, and he gives to the bit standing still and a little bit at the walk and trot.
He gives laterally very well at the stand still.
But he's just not 'getting it'. I ride him in a smooth dee ring sweet iron/copper bit now. He's come a long way already however with his poor past training his is having a hard time 'getting it'.
My trainer brought this bit to try him in today:
It did seem to help him out and he did work better in it. I was just wondering what others might suggest? Or is this really a good humane bit to use?
I have this bit from a previous horse and I haven't tried him in it, I think it might be too big of a step up... what do you think? My previous horse loved this bit but honestly he was much softer and further along.
Western SS Med Arch Roller Hinged Futurity Bit - Horse.com
I think my trainer feels like he needs something a bit more uncomfortable to pull on to make it much clearer what we want. We feel like he gets the idea of giving, but with years of doing it wrong he is having a tough time giving up his old habits. My trainer has been taking her time, making it easy peasy to give to the pressure (shes been very generous), and is the type that would keep a horse in a snaffle forever if it works.
Since he always is very forward and has a good motor we have been working in the walk and job/trot. If that makes any difference.
He is already always "Can we lope yet, how about now, now? How about now?" haha. He isnt nuts, or bad, but will pop up into the lope anytime if you let him or apply to much leg. It kinda stinks because his lope is WAY more comfortable than his trot.