So my younger (5) horse likes to grab the bit and pull at times.
It's kinda hard to explain because she is soft and gives to the bit a lot of the time, but she will grab the bit and really pull pretty hard at times.
I try not to pull her head into a false headset since she is still learning, but its really hard when she grabs and pulls. It pulls me forward and I don't want to get into a pulling match with her, we all know who will win
So, I usually do several flexing exercises each time I ride. Lateral flexion mostly and then I will walk her around and ask her to give to the bit, by her bending at the poll. I do these prior to starting our workout.
Then I will begin by warming her up at the trot. Again, I try not to nag her about her headset and I focus more on just maintaining contact with her while pushing her into the bit, but this is generally when she grabs and pulls.
I also do many transistions; walk to trot, trot to walk, walk to halt, halt to walk, halt to trot, trot to halt. I do these thinking she will become more flexible and giving to the bit and she is at times, but its still more bracing and pulling than soft and giving.
Any suggestions on how to stop this behavior? Is this something that will slowly go away over time?
ETA: I currently have her in a french link type bit, but the "link" in the middle is a copper roller. I did this trying to help her accept the bit contact more.
I had her in a regular french link prior to this and she had the same issues. She does have a calmer headset with the roller bit, but the same pulling problem.