Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
My mare did this when I first got her. She'd go up, spin, and go in the opposite direction, or canter like a nutjob!
Firstly, my advice would be gloves and hat, and then a really nice long lunge whip. You don't have to be harsh, or use it on the horse, but a bit of respect never did no one any harm.
When she attempts this, step forwards, however in the direction of her hind, and use the whip as an extension of your arm to send her forwards. If you have to, crack it, or lick her with it for the response you require. If she has learnt that she can do this, she many even think this is the norm, but send her forwards.
If it is in the same place, I would suggest lunging on a slightly smaller circle, so you can push her into that place, and send her forwards using your body language and a lunge whip.
If she does get away with it, and does go in the other direction, move to the front of her as to block her path. This is also good for teaching a young horse transition work. Duffy would never walk from trot when I first got her, and it would be a battle to see who would win.
I wouldn't suggest pulling on her face until a last resort. You have to think she has a big fat piece of metal in her mouth, and if you yank her then, she'll remember it. If, however, she is taking the michael, and the above don't work, think of it like a half halt from riding rather than a tug to get her attention. I would also suggest that you thread the lunge line through the ring of her bit on the inside, over her head, and attach it to the outside ring so you have a nice even pressure and if you do need to use your half halts, its less severe :)