I think I know what you are refering to - Does he throw his head up and in sort of a circle as well? I've seen this mostly on Arabians or horses with a lot of Arabian blood in them.
A standing martingale would be ideal so that you don't get socked in the face by him. If a standing is fitted correctly it can safely be used for jumping too.
If you haven't had teeth checked in the past year then a dental check would be good along with checking the fit of your saddle, change of seasons and condition can upset the fine balance of the saddle fitting and not fitting.
Thank you Tnavas- that's what he does sometimes, but he is not a arabian. Has no arabian blood in him... but one day when he had no tack on I was just grazing him and my mom came over to tell me something and he had his head up at the moment and she went to pet him and right after she did he lifted his head up at the speed of light and nocked her in the mouth.. and I felt soo bad for my mom:( That was the first time he actually hurt someone doing the "head thing" So that's why I need a standing martingale to help that "issue"
Agreed...rule out all health issues before resorting to more leather straps to hold his head down. :) My guy was having some issues with his teeth and was fairly resistant to the bit (which was partially lack of training as well), but after getting his teeth floated and being a little bit more understanding for him it's gotten way better.
For the record, Ollie also used to stick his head straight up and brace against the bit when I would ask him for a frame, since he had never really been taught what the proper response was in that kind of situation...we put a standing martingale on him so I wouldn't end up with a broken nose when his head shot straight up in the air. Proud to say that after much proper work the dude has learned to be softer (so have I!) and I'm planning to try to wean him off the martingale soon so neither of us are able to rely on it. :)
Baby's gone from this...
...to this! With months and months of hard, proper work.
I hope this gives you, OP, a good idea of what lots of hard work and practice can do, and that this shows you that martingales can be a training tool - not just a shortcut or easy fix. :)