Why would he hold his head up rigidly?
I changed my boy from an FM single jointed snaffle to a flat plate eggbut french link today. The reason for this was due to him having a thick tongue and low palate and on closer inspection, I saw there was very little room in there.
Previously he had been keen to drop his head low (almost nose to the ground) and quick to do the evasions of coughing, sneezing and yawning when work was mentioned.
He is soft in the mouth and I believe I have soft hands.
But now when asked to trot, instead of the occasional snatch he would do, he is now holding his neck quite rigidly up high. Mouth is closed, neck stretched, nose up, ears forward. Is he just expecting discomfort? Getting used to the bit? Or something worse?
Any ideas why? Grateful as ever for any input.