I'm currently working a TWH, Stormy, who was bought from the kill pen. The guy who rescued her is a natural horsemanship trainer. From there he broke her and sold her to my friend, let's call her Jill. She is broke and rides well in a full cheek snaffle. Walk, running walk, lope, backs and is learning to neck rein. Now we would like to transition her to a curb. My friend has MS and needs a quick response because she looses her balance suddenly and frequently. She also mainly trail rides and heavens forbid the horse takes off she would not have a snowmans chance in hell pulling her back.
I worked her yesterday in a dog bone snaffle just at the walk. I got her comfortable with bit, stopping, turning, and walking on a loose rein. I was extremely careful to not make any sudden movements with my hands or yank. If she wasn't getting it I would open up my inside hand and really guide her. By the end she seemed comfortable and more accepting then begin of the ride so I quit there and switched back to the snaffle and worked her. Next time I planned on doing the same thing then switching back to curb to finish off work. She tends to start out forward.
Am I on the right track?
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