So I rode him tonight after a couple of weeks off, I had sprained my ankle and tonight was my first lesson back. Fidget my lesson horse she has a u-neck and so she carries her head high, asking her to go round (or into a frame if you prefer) can be a challenge but the entire warm up she was well behaved, she was round, listening not tossing her head, she was listening to me but also relaxed. Then it came time for the dressage test we are working on, and this week we worked on the canter portion and it was not pretty at all
We watched a couple other people go first and when it was time for us to practice she would not let me pick up the contact before we could start moving. The moment I went to pick up her reins she would fling her head about and she smashed her head into my face with a martingale on. Before she only did her head flinging when her rider was tight and was locking their arms but in these past 3 weeks it has become a habit. My arms were not locked when I was trying to pick up my reins yet she was still flinging her head like crazy, and so my coach gave me a crop (normally I carry one but I didn't think Fidget would need one) and told me to tap (not smack) her shoulder every time she flung her head up. And so I did.
After managing to collect the reins and to move on we started the canter part of the test and she immediately started cantering kind of uncontrollably (all I had done was I had moved my leg back when she started cantering) I gave half-halts every stride and tried not to lock my arms while asking for a calmer canter while circling. After finally managing the calmer canter and the downwards transition. We stopped for a moment while my coach told me what to do better (slow down was the big thing).
After asking Fidget to walk on she was suddenly energized and that calm collected pace we had in the warm up was gone so I asked her for several halts and during the second last one she started trotting on the spot, I asked her to move forward but she wouldn't I gave her her head, pushed my hands forward and gave her a gentle squeeze and still nothing. A couple moments later she stopped and moved on while the other riders were laughing at my strange horse. Anyways We started the canter stuff again and she continued to act the same so for a while I did figure-8s asking for a controlled pace and she kept trying to rear on me... after a good controlled canter we ended the lesson there but over all it was not the best lesson ever.
Umm, she does need her teeth floated and we plan on getting them done soon. My coach made a bridle that fits her well so I know it is not the bridle, we had a saddle company do a clinic at a barn a month ago or so and one of our saddles fit her very well and after an adjustment to the saddle it fits perfectly. So I know this is not the tack. She has been like this since she arrived a couple of months ago so I doubt it is mare issues but any advice is needed