I just bought a very sweet, but green 6 yr QH/Appy gelding that opens his mouth and tosses his head any time I put direct pressure on both reins. The weird thing is, he is generally fine with direct rein on either side, but when it comes to pressure from both he tries to escape the bit. I am using a loose ring snaffle on him right now, so it's not like the bit is harsh. He is very willing and listens to everything I ask, he just is green and FULL of energy. He has GREAT forward movement and a nice natural headset and I don't want to ruin that, but when I need him to focus I would rather not have him tossing his head :)
We worked yesterday on a loose rein doing lots of circles and figure-eights, trying to get him to slow down and relax, loosen up and tire a little bit.. it worked well but OMG he has a LOT of energy. After 45 min of flatwork we were both dripping with sweat but he was still a happy little ball of energy.
Any ideas on the head tossing? Suggestions for bits and continued training?
He is on pasture and gets fed Purina Strategy which is 14% protein. A friend with a hotter TB told me to try switching to a grain with a 10-12% protein content.
Thanks for the help!!