Horse throws her head around - Bit questions.
I recently started leasing a 5 year old mare.. right now she is being ridden in a full cheek snaffle bit.
... But she does a lot of wierd stuff with her head all the time and it is becoming annoying.
She always has her head raised really high at trot and canter (I ride her in a running martingale to help with this).. but I don't have so much of a problem with that right now... what I have a problem with is:
She keeps pulling her head down.. at first she only did it at a halt.. so I just put up with it.. then she started doing it at a walk... which became very annoying... and now she is doing it at a trot as well... she is doing it stongly enough that she could unseat me... I am now scared to ride her at a canter.
..... When she does it, I try to stop the motion immediately and tug up... but then she throws her head up (usually coming very close to knocking me in the face!)
..... I'm fairly certain that she holds her head up just because she is a green and excited horse....
But I am wondering why she would be tugging down so often? Could it be that her bit bothers her?
She is a veryyy sensitive horse... doesn't need much in the way of leg or rein to get what you want.
... Can you suggest a good bit I could try her on or anything else that might help with all her head issues?