Originally Posted by majustesen
I bought a six year old green quarter horse mare about four months ago and since then have been able to do alot with her. Everything I have taught her she has taken to very easily. The only problem I have with her is that when she is in a lope she takes the bit and I have a hard time getting her to stop. She won't collect and I have to pull to get her to stop. I am afraid I am going to make her mouth hard. I am using a small shank snaffle and have thought maybe it is the bit but she doesn't have a problem any other time. Can anyone help me?
My horse does the same thing if I don't have a strong enough bit. I use a Billy Allen snaffle and it works wonders. Don't do a steady pull on her mouth, that will
make her mouth hard. Keep your hands down between your hips and your knees and work them back and forth, see-sawing. That keeps her mouth soft.
Is she sticking her head up and tossing it when she lopes?