Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Mia used to pig-root, but only at a canter. She gave it up when I went to a curb bit. I think what she was doing was getting her head at an angle where the snaffle would go back against her molars instead of working on the bars, and then she was happy to brace that way. With the curb, she doesn't get any relief from the poll pressure or (in more extreme cases) the curb strap, so she gave it up. I don't think she even thinks about it any more.
It was a bad habit. She would get so forward while cantering that I was worried we would flip. There certainly would not have been any room for error if she had stumbled. It was not in any way the movement associated with good training or 'seeking contact'!
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."