09-03-2009, 03:30 PM
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By "pokes his nose out" do you mean he's avoiding the bit, or does he just stop breaking at the poll? My suggestion is to keep working on flexion. He needs to give when you pick up on the bit no matter what you are doing. Practice, practice, practice, and make sure you are rewarding at the appropriate time. Start at the standstill, and when he's responding well, progress to the walk, etc. Just be patient and I'm sure he'll get the idea, though he may always need to be reminded sometimes. Eventually your reminders should be nothing more than a slight twitch of your fingers. Be careful that you are not expecting him to travel with a level or low neck if he is not built to do so comformation wise. It will be uncomfortable for him and he won't travel well. Is the palomino in your avatar the horse you are referring to? He's a beauty!!!