I ride him in a snaffle, yes. I don't think bitting up will help. This is a training issue, and THAT needs to be addressed first and foremost. Thing is with bitting up is where does it end? Slapping on a harsher and harsher bit because of a SCHOOLING issue won't solve the cause, just offer a temporary solution to the outcome/problem.<quoted text>Sounds like you might need to change bits. What kind are you using now? Snaffle? Hackamore? Some horses develop a "hard mouth" and become used too used to one style of bit and they "tongue" it to lessen the pressure the rider can put on them for control. Try a different type and see if that helps. If not theres always the Alpo man.... LOL
The woman who rode him a few times I think buggered up all the schooling I've done with him to make him a calm and level-headed ride. She loves to run. Fast. And that put him in a mindset of "rider on my back = run as much and as fast as I want to"
So now the hard work starts. Again. In the meantime I guess I'll just have to learn to hold on when he doesn't listen to me. I know I can get him back to where I had him before it all became undone. It's just a matter of patience, perseverance and bravery...
Bitting up is the absolute last resort, something I don't think necessary. His ground manners are also horrible, he walks over me (tries to walk in front, dragging me along, etc.) So I need to teach him some ground manners first and get him to respect me on the ground first before the same can be used under saddle. It's scary how two years of hard work can become undone in a matter of two rides by someone else!