Hi everyone, I have posted before about my friend's horse with no brakes. This problem has been getting worse with the cold weather as he has been very up and hot, which results in bolts and tearing around the arena. First of all, I want to try a different bit. He oscillates between leaning on the bit and avoiding the contact. He was going very well before the weather got so very cold but has reverted to old contact problems. He doesn't respond to half halts via the seat when like this and forget about downward transitions or the halt! I hate using hand for transitions and halts but I admit that he won't respond to anything less than almost all my strength to get him to slow. His trainer was the one to suggest a new bit. Said his very hollow loose ring French link is too insubstantial and he's blowing me off. I need to regain some control. Any suggestions while we work our way back up?
The other problem is he has no woah on the lunge as well as under saddle, so it's almost impossible to work on it so it translates to under saddle work. He knows what woah means-is great in hand without gear on but once the saddle of lunging gear goes on, he ignores it. He is definitely blowing me off, as this is a horse that knows woah but refuses to comply until he is ready. It takes sometimes a dozen or more tries on the lunge not just for woah, but downward transitions in general. I increase the pressure and all I get is ignoring some more. Same under saddle. All my strength, and nothing until he gruuuuuddgingly stops after a small fight. I am working with a trainer and she has the same issue. So please, new bit ideas to try along with suggestions how to get a one time ask and reply to downward transitions and woah? I do want to emphasize this is a horse that knows woah and how to slow or do downwards, so the issue is more how I can get him to stop blowing me off and for me to be effective. Thanks so so much!