Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: New England, USA
Horse transitioning from western to english
My horse is a former ranch/games horse from what I know of his history. I'm transitioning him into English since he moves like an English horse and has taken to jumping and dressage much more than anything western. He takes up contact well and rounds his back well - but only in a western curb with the leverage of the curb action and the chin chain.
I've tried him in a single jointed baucher - which he proceeded to hold with his teeth and pull with all his might. I've had him in a myler with hooks and chin chain which does give him a little more comfort and he likes it better, but still doesn't round like the western curb. The next step is to try a pelham with double reins so I can ride off the snaffle and only use the curb for a little reminder every once in awhile.
I know I can jump and do open shows in the double reins with the pelham. But what about dressage? Any advice?
EDIT: I don't think he was every started in a snaffle in his life. And when I say he rounds with the western bit, I mean you barely have to pick up the reins and apply a little leg and he's perfect. I hardly need anything to get him to round up off the curb bit. With the Myler with hooks, you have to use a ton of leg plus more rein contact and everything to get him to even THINK about rounding.
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Last edited by equestrianwife; 02-10-2019 at 05:37 PM.