Alrighty - a little back ground on the situation:
Zeph (mom's 9 y/o QH/Paint, we really don't know what he is.. 15.2hh, green hunter, trail broke) has had a head tossing issue for quite sometime.. But for most of winter he had off, with the occasional trail ride. I was training him in the fall for the hunter ring.. But that stopped when the cold came. So just yesterday, I decided I was DONE with his bad manners, and hopped on him bareback. I took him on a long trail ride in just a halter.. He was really good! Well, minus the stopping at trees to eat, or grass.. so I would tap his sides with my heels to continue walking.. but if he didn't walk & continued to eat I would pressure him into a trot...
Everytime I nudge him to pick up the pace or to trot out, he throws his head! I pull his head back to stop the temper tantrum, but I fear that it will turn into a tugging match.. & he's a lot stronger than I am.
Any ways to break this horrible habit? I make him circle or halt.. Is there other ways? Thanks.