WOW ... did it break the skin? I had no idea it could CAUSE biting. Yes, when I am out of apples or carrots, Gina will pull at my shirt looking for more treats. AND ... this is only a funny thing ... I feed her carrots first and when the apples come out ... she literally SPITS out the carrots in her mouth so she can have the apples. Obviously her favorite.
Hmmm...good to know it causes biting. I am foolish around ALL animals. Many of the stable horses, I break a carrot in two, I take the really big piece and put it in my mouth and have the horses eat it from my mouth. I think it's a great trick ... YES the owners have cautioned me not to get bit .... I've been luck so far. NO, I have NEVER done this with Gina and I won't.
On the original topic ... I have never seen Gina run in a pasture or a lunge, so I don't know if she does her head thing then. Yes, we do transition from trot to canter. And overall, it could just be 'her' thing. I just thought it pretty odd.
Thank you ... I really appreciate all the info. I won't ride her again until spring/summer. We live in Idaho and the ring they let me use is open and exposed to the elements.