Originally Posted by Muppetgirl
Yes, he's really responsive to leg and seat, he's not terribly relaxed, but that might be my lack of subtlety! When I whoa him I don't haul on his face, but I do pick him up if he dropped a shoulder or what not.....
I've ridden plenty of horses, but not one quite so well trained and I think I need to start riding him with a little less leg, rein (neck rein) and seat contact, because I think he is responding in tune with my cue, but I think my cues are just a little to obvious! Does that make sense? I sometimes think riding a well trained horse is harder than riding a not so well trained horse! The horse knows more than me!
I know exactly what you mean and I've seen a lot of people intimidated by a really well trained horse. My oldest mare is so light to all cues that she would be dangerous to anyone that was too heavy with their hands or legs - she would respond by rearing and getting really fractious, prancing on the spot like a bomb ready to explode!!
I know nothing about reining (or anything else western for that matter!!) but I did a lot of mounted games at top level as a child/teenager and those ponies have to be super fast and sharp to stop and turn but have to be ridden in a snaffle by rules.
I have taken horses straight from extreme leverage bits into snaffles with no problem if they have light mouths and not hardened by being hauled around by some idiot - the only thing I have noticed is that a horse that 'backs off' from a sharper bit may feel inclined to lean on a thick mild one when it realises that it can so for me a thinner snaffle works best
I understood that your daughter was going to have to ride in a snaffle so it might be easier for the horse - to avoid confusion with 2 very different sorts of control that you both rode him in the same bit??????