So here's a little video to get an idea of how my mare moves. Sometimes (especially when she's on a little looser rein) my mare tosses her head up in the air when I ask for the upward transition (simply by squeezing my legs). The only time I can get her to do it without tossing her head is if I continuously squeeze the inside rein while I ask with my legs so that she's almost "distracted" by the rein and can't throw her head up. But I don't know if that's the correct way to go about this.
So dressage riders out there, what advice would you give me to correct this issue?
NOTE: We were NOT doing dressage in this video, we were actually doing some work getting my mare to slow down her canter and wait for me in between fences, so I am aware how horrid our form looks LOL...but at 16 seconds, you can kinda see what she does with tossing her head up when I ask her for an upward (this was a walk to canter, but she'll do it walk to trot as well).
Right now, we're doing a lot of "long and low" work and work with side reins on the lounge to build up her topline and get her balanced, but just wondering if the head toss is related to that, more of a balance issue, or whether it's a bad habit she's forming that I need to correct now before it gets worse.