Yes Deb, we too wear out chambons here with lots of use!! I use them to bring horses back into work from a spell, 6 weeks before we ride them.
The breakers I find want to put their heads down and have a bit of a go sometimes and can panic with the chambon. To strenghten their backs I do a lot of lateral work with the longreins, seems to do the trick.
he's going well, I've had the saddle on him quite a bit now and he's longreining v well .I have been a bit crook the last week so I've not done much work on him for a week. Will get around to putting some video up soon.
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the section 4's are a lot of fun. The stallion, Jasper, is a v nice Lippizana boy. he's only 3. we have a colt of his here as well ( he got in to the mares paddock and the owners thought he was too young to be getting up to funny business , how wrong were they). The colt is only 5 months old, we've called him Scratchy, today he jumped over the gate (1.20m) at a trot, cool as, just trotted around and went pop. Hoping he will grow big enough for me, his mother is an Anglo-Arab who was by a 16.2 hh tb so he might grow..
Had the first sit on Jasper the other day, v nice, just stood still.