Hi all, the current horse I'm riding has a habit of tossing his head and reefing the reins when you ask for some contact on the reins. If you collect up your reins into a decent riding contact , he will lift his whole head up and flick his head a few times and then come back and continue on. He really does it when you ask him to collect. He also does it when he wants to trot but you are making him walk. It seems more a defiance thing. Basically him saying "no you cant make me". His previous owner said he did when he got annoyed and that you cant stop it so she just let him toss his head. Problem is , I don't like it, nor will I tolerate it , if he is being naughty. So yesterday I put one of those safety bars on the saddle and as soon as he did it , I braced my hands and the reins on it and would not let the pressure go , until he stopped head tossing, as soon as he did I released. He eventually got the message and he became much nicer to ride, which makes me think it just him being lazy and not wanting to collect his head or carry himself, as he can do that without the head tossing. If he is ridden on a slack rein , he is fine but as soon as you ask anymore of him , he head tosses. Not always but maybe 50% of the time. He teeth are up to date and is ridden in a myler bit. I'm also getting him a massage , to see if he is sore. If everything is fine , how do I get him to accept the contact ?