Join Date: May 2016
Location: The boondocks of Kansas
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[QUOTE=bsms;9375050]Perhaps you ought to try reading what I wrote, then:
"it requires training the horse to curb bit cues from the beginning, and that can automatically fill in training holes"QUOTE]
Training the horse to curb bit cues makes no since most horses are started in a snaffle which has no leverage nor does it work on the horse's jaw and poll as a vice. When I transition a horse from a snaffle to a curb, it sure doesn't automatically fill in training holes----those holes are still there regardless of what bit is used. All too many ride horse using only their hands for control when correct riding combines the natural aids of seat, weight, core, and legs to cue the horse with the reins only used to refine the communication. Forget about what bit is being used and ride correctly! It makes no difference what bit is in the horse's mouth if he understands how to work off the natural aids.
To fill in training holes requires taking the horse back to earlier lessons and finding those holes, then fixing each one , going forward looking for the next hole, fix it, rinse and repeat. Sometimes that means starting as if the horse has never been handled and knows absolutely nothing. This is what I did with our rescued TWH mare who had a long confirmed history of abuse that involved 2 court cases----today I can just hop on her bareback with no halter or bridle and safely ride her any place and over fences because she understands the cues from my seat, weight, legs, and core and is soft and responsive.