I’m stumped. There is a horse who pulls on the bit when ridden, especially at the canter when going around a corner on a hunter course, or when stopping. No matter how harsh the bit is, he still pulls! What stumps me is when I am standing still and only holding the reins at the buckle, he will pull all the way until he makes contact and then pull some more. It makes no sense to me why he would seek to stand there and pull on the reins for no reason…
I have had his teeth looked at, and explored TMJ (the dentist said no) Chiropractor said he is very stiff, but couldn’t find a reason. (he has a lot of trouble bending to either side to get a carrot at his girth). He has a long neck.
We’ve started riding him in a hackamore so he can’t grab the bit to balance, and he does great…but as soon as you put the bit back in his mouth, he’s back to pulling.
Any ideas? Any health ideas? Any training suggestions?