Word of the Day: Avoidance
Avoidance- This is a horse who is mentality unavailable or "shut down." He will create methods to evade communication with his rider usually because lack of clarity in what the rider is asking of him. Physically he may try to tuck his chin towards his chest evade the bit, he may cast his attention somewhere else other than where is physically in hope that the pressure from the rider and the bit will "go away," he may also try to raise his head to avoid the pressure of the bit and communication with the rider's hands. In many cases people try to use a more severe or harsh bit in order to get their horse to "give" to the bit. Instead they need to be address the menal avoidance rather than the physical action.