I need some help figuring out why my mare has suddenly started to toss her head when riding with her headstall. Starlight is an 11 year old rescue with a history of headstall/halter related abuse.
Starlight did well with the headstall and bit we used during lessons, but when I put her in the new one she started acting up but not becoming uncontrollable. The bit is a dog-bone snaffle nearly identical the one we used in lessons, and she still accepts the bit wonderfully. But when I go to direct her she starts pulling and tossing her head around.
My trainer suggested putting the headstall on sans reins and just leaving her be in the corral to soften up to the bit.
And yes I know I need to have her teeth checked, which I will as soon as I have all her records and can get the vet out.
-- I'm an intermediate rider who is new to horse training and ownership but have been told I have a natural talent for the rescues. Starlight was at the rescue for just over a year before she went home with the trainer for a month of training for the both of us. She's very well mannered and though still a bit anxious and spooky when alone she no longer throws a fit when startled, only flinches as long as I'm around.
She has no problems when doing groundwork at liberty or on a line, and for having been ridden bareback for the first time 2 weeks ago she does very well.
Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!