Had an interesting experience with my boy today. He's 4 and generally very sweet natured, but can be quite bolshy which is something we've been working on with groundwork etc. He's usually well-behaved these days when you're leading him about the yard.
Today I went up to get my boy and he allowed me to catch him fine. We started back across the field and there the problems began. It started with trying to bite at the lead rope, then bite at the hand which he promptly got scolded for. This naughtyness built up to doing small rears, spinning, leaping around and eventually pulling the rope from my hand and running off with me.
I refused to give up with him, and eventually we did manage to get down the field with my hand on the back of the nose band, pretty much twisting it uncomfortably whenever he started it and lots of praise when he was behaving. I'm not entirely sure he gave into behaving, however, as there is a road that runs parallel to my field and as he walked down in a reasonable manner a pony from his field was being lead back up this road (returning from a hack). So he may have been following it down.
He wasn't vicious in his activities by any means, nor frightened. It was basically 'I don't want to leave my friends so I'm not going to'. It's not the first time he's shown a willful streak of this kind of nature, but this behaviour in the field was new.
So now I want to get something I can use as a headcollar that offers more control should this happen again.
The dually headcollar has been suggested to me, and I've seen the 'be-nice' online. Any opinions of these items/thoughts on what might work would be greatly appreciated!