Originally Posted by chika1235
the biggest issue for them is that there is no curb and they can ignore it.what can I do to make them respond without a curb?like when I pull to make them turn they straighten their necks out and keep going.and then they don't stop.whats the first thing I should do?
Refer back to my previous post. You will need to start the 3yr old over again. Treat the horse as though it knows nothing. Start working the horse in-hand with a halter over the bridle. Have the horse wear the snaffle while you work her in hand- lunging to start off with. When I say ground work I mean several things 1)lunging the horse while carrying the bit, 2) lateral work in hand- yield the hindquarters, forehand, leg yield, 3) voice commands- walk trot and whoa (when lunging can teach the word canter), if you want to add kissing and clucking with the voice commands that always helps. Basically, the groundwork you do is going to prepare the horse for when its rider finally steps up on its back. By having the horse carry the bit while it is inactive the horse gets used to that particular bit. Once the horse is comfortable just carrying the bit and obeying ALL your commands when working in-hand/groundwork you can then begin ground driving the horse with the lines attached to the bit. This will get the horse use to respecting the bit without having to deal with the rider as well. Actually before ground driving with the bit, I would attach reins to the bit and work on lateral work in-hand. You can work on the horse giving to pressure on the bit and turning while the horse is being worked in-hand- THEN go to ground driving the horse- by waiting to ground drive with the bit the horse will be use to and comfortable with the mechanics of the snaffle and there will be less confusion when you start driving the horse. Whatever you do, push the horse FORWARD, since she has a history of rearing you want to completely erase that thought from her head if possible. Even if she is faster than you would like at first, that is ok, just go with it. Any attempts to slow her down and she may resort to rearing to get away from the situation.