painted- as I've already stated, if she were my horse, that is EXACTLY what I would do. Take her back to the beginning. That was what I offered for her owners, but they wanted the "bandaid" fix instead. I can only do what I am asked to do, being as it's not my horse. They saddle broke her and started her riding training as a 20 month old, so yes, she has almost a year of riding on her. Again, I had no control over her training/upbringing. I know how it should have been done, but she's not my horse.
Update: She is riding well in a half breed sidepull right now, not grabbing the bit or yanking her head at all. I also started making her disengage hindquarters under saddle when she started to drop her head at all, that helped a lot, because all the sudden when her head dropped she had to move her feet and was less likely to able to get the bite of grass. She is a smart horse, just been allowed to get away with murder with her owners. Were doing some direction changes and trotting some polls right now, along with the disengaging and one rein stops, still keeping our rides to 30 min or less (too hot to do any more!) Keeps her moving and thinking instead of concentrating on grazing. She does listen to seat and leg cues, gets better every day. Stopping with the seat and leg cues have never been an issue, just the head thing so she could eat.
Thank again to everyone that has given me advice along the way. Even as backwards or "bandaid" fix as it may seem to MANY of us, I have appreciated the moral support. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person that thinks the owners are complete morons. =) As I stated before, I'm just trying to do my best, for the situation given, for the horse.
One is closer to God's heart on a horse than anywhere else on earth!