He is leaning his head down and pulling until he is almost peanut rolling. Only while being ridden and generally at the trot. He isn't jerking his head, just slowly lowering it. Everything fits, health has been checked etc.
I am transitioning from western to english. He is used to English. I am not used to riding with contact so I tend to keep his rein loose(maybe too loose) but I am scared of hanging in his mouth and I am new-ish to posting so I don't want to be inadvertantly using the reins to balance. He sometimes does a little head shake right before he does it, usually the head shake accompanies an attempt to break into a canter and chase other horses.
He is a good horse and well trained. He will stop and just let the other horses pass if I tell him to but we have the moment where he shakes his head and tries to go after them. The pulling is getting to where its happening several times a ride. I think I am nagging instead of correcting it but am not sure exactly how to stop it.
My more experienced friend suggested popping him in the neck with a crop. I would prefer to avoid this as I don't want to ride with a crop all the time and I don't want him to only not do it when I have said crop. I want him to stop it altogether.
He doesn't stop or slow down when he does it. He just feels like he leans his head out and down. Any suggestions both on how to correct it and what I might be doing to cause it in the first place? Thanks!
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