Im new to this forum, hi everyone! :winkgrin:
Lot of information and questions here, don’t read if you don’t want to!
However the reason Im reaching out is because I have had an middle aged ottb (now 15) for a year now. Initially there were two amateurs riding him plus he was ridden by our trainer. My trainer is great!
history: came from trail riding facility, was there for about a year ridden by advanced folk only. Prior he was shuffled from home to home, notably from a dressage trainer who said he would get worse and worse with every ride. I purchased him from a consignment barn, they had him for a week and didn’t know too much about him, test rode him he was good, a bit fractious but nothing bad. Seller said he does well with a quiet person.
Riders: Rider A-quiet solid rider not as brave, Rider B-more handsy not afraid to assert and very brave then there is solid trainer.
Its been a year, and he is still super anxious and recently rider B started him in a new bit (mikmar) because she was so frustrated with him not listening. That got him hot hot hot and he just lost his mind and would pogo canter, cross canter you name it. He was ridden in a herm sprenger double jointed snaffle and also a dr. bristol bit.
Personality wise hes super chill on the ground, however once under saddle he turns into a forward horse that evades your cues and just turns into little kid ignoring everything. The more you fight the more he would act up. Poke him with a spur and he rears (according to trainer). Rider B finally checked out and said she won’t ride him anymore because he’s hopeless.
Ive been working with him alone now back to the basics, just walk trot walk circles… he hates being held back so turning him in circles until he slows has helped tremendously. He’s slowly been coming back to me and has gotten super relaxed. He also has a problem with over bending so altho he’s super forward Ive had to put leg on him to help lift his head. Today I switched out his bit from the herm sprenger double jointed bit to an egg-butt flat double jointed (without the angle)snaffle (french link) and he was a different horse. Could a switch of a bit make that huge of difference?
Has anyone had an issue such as this and if so any insight? I think I’m headed in the right direction but would like more guidance as Im an amateur the only thing I have going for me is that Im pretty balanced, not handsy and don’t have daily expectations of him. Previously he was being trained to jump over 3 feet and he hated it!
Do we have hope of jumping again? :o