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LaraBooth

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LaraBooth says:

He won't accept a contact?

Tips, tricks and advice on bit please!

I'm a fairly seasoned and 'useful' rider (BE90 & BD Elementary on my other horse, 41 yo) currently struggling with my 'project horse.  16.1 gelding, ISH, short backed and v compact, huge jump but  had little 'proper' flat schooling over the years, v stiff through the neck  so its a lot of back to basics.  He is Mr Evasion - gets tongue over the bit, mouth open, attention span of a knat, can't go straight (more evasion).  He's currently in a loose ring snaffle with losenge.  I've tried grackle & flash to keep mouth shut, cavesson to allow mouth to open, direct flexion (with legs as backup), soft hands.  Teeth checked 6 months ago (which did find v sharp points & ulcers - but which all healed now).  He's a lovely boy, v willing and calm in other respects.  Any suggestions? 

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soniadevereux

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Re: He won't accept a contact?

have you had his back checked. Could be worth getting a physio out for him. Good luck. x

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LaraBooth

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LaraBooth says:

Re: He won't accept a contact?

Yes, I did also get back looked at - no issues there!  Although it is quite weak, through him never really been schooled properly before, so that could be adding to the problem - strengthen his back muscles and he should improve!

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Kate95

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Kate95 says:

Re: He won't accept a contact?

I'm not an expert but apparently the copper bits help them to salaviate more (makes there mouth wetter in plain terms) if their mouth is dry then the bit can pull on the tissue more and cause damage. this can make them quite hard to deal with in the mouth. ask people about this because they can make horses be a lot more accepting of the contact :)

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AMLS

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AMLS says:

Re: He won't accept a contact?

It's probably a case of him finding the work physically difficult and so giving up because it's hard for him !!! Building muscle/fitness will help 100% !!!

 

Lots of work up hills out hacking over different terrain, trotting on the road, lots of flexion of his neck and through the ribs on circles ... do circles until you are dizzy haha !!! This will improve his flexibilty and the contact will follow. Plenty of transitions to bring the hind legs underneath and to strengthen his hindquarters introduce some simple lateral work.

 

Try to ignore what his head is doing for a while and concentrate of getting him very quick off the leg responsive and build his fitness ... I'm sure this will help. The copper bit or sweet iron is an idea my horses go very well in sweet iron but don't be too focussed on achieving the outline as if he is soft through his back and body and flexible and quick off the leg that will follow on it's own !!!

 

Hope this has been helpful !!!

 

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horseface888

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horseface888 says:

Re: He won't accept a contact?

have you tryed long reining or doing short lunging work with him, he might just need to develop some more useful muscles through his back end so he can work with you when your riding hiim. Try a lungie bungie and long reining hill work and some pole work. keep things really short with a good warm up and cool down period and really mix it up, lots of transitions etc. Hes a project so think for the future not for now and take any little progress as progress even if you arnt moving forward just not going backwards thats progress.

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