We just got an OTTB last week.
She's green broke, but very responsive to everything I ask. You wouldn't be able to tell that she was as green as she is by the way she acts.
I lunge her before every time I ride her, she's great! She trots and canters when I ask her to without hesitation. She'll walk when I ask the first time, she changes direction perfectly.
Last Friday when I rode her though she did something odd that she's never done before. That was my 3rd time riding her.
She was fine at first then all of a sudden she turned her head sideways for no reason. As the training went on, it seemed to become more frequent.
She ALWAYS turns her head to the inside when she does this head movement.
I've tried using less inside rein and more outside, but she'll continue this head thing and then she gives me her head and she looks great. I'll praise her then she'll go right back to doing this head thing.
I've started doing circles every time she does this. I'll circle her in the direction her head is going. It seemed to work at first but now she does it while circling.
It's not the saddle, I've checked, double checked, and triple checked, it fits her great.
I've changed bits, because the one before was a bit too severe for her soft mouth. She's ridden with this bit now the riding session before Fridays and she didn't do this head thing.
Any suggestions on how to deal with this, or what could be causing it?