And I've been around horse my whole life I've taken lessons from some of the best for several years and still go from time to time, and I competed for several years in cutting and barrels. I have plenty of experiance. I was only saying it was a contributing fatcor and that I've seen it happen. I am also just saying I have seen horses quit this habit with work, and some that don't. I also know that it doesnt teach anything. Just giving my two cents to someone who is using a bad bit, an ill fitted saddle and maybe doesnt know much about a tie down, on an issue I asumed to be trail riding.
DrumRunner Everything you said is correct I am not saying otherwise and have been agreeing with you, I am not trying to start anything, only giving go go girl a little advice same as you.
It seemed in in your first posts that you were telling her not to use a tie-down..I honestly think in her situation the best advice to give her would be to ..
1. Find a trainer, maybe take a few lessons, and see what the trainer thinks on how to go about fixing her problem.
2. Lose the Tom Thumb..
3. Have a better saddle fitter come out and see if an ill fitting saddle is a problem also..which I'm thinking it is..Also a good idea is to have a chiro and/or vet look at her horse..His teeth could also be an issue, and/or pain..there are a lot of factors that haven't even been discussed in the thread.
4. Work with her horse on trails and around the house with working to soften his mouth and poll..BUT if he continues to do this, regardless, I would ask the trainer about putting a tie-down on the horse..Which can be a huge help.
5. Because her horse has had this problem for so long I seriously doubt that it is going to change much when running.
She is completely able to fix it at a slower pace
and even though it will take a lot of work, consistency, and patience it will pay off and he'll relax at home.