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post #11 of 15 Old 05-16-2013, 09:40 AM
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At this point, I think a video would be the best thing. Because right now, we are simply guessing what may be happening when he starts throwing his head.

Definitely get his teeth checked out, if he is already 6 years old and has never had it done. It's very possible he could have an issue there.

It also never hurts to have a chiro check him, or a lameness specialist. My guys get an annual "wellness exam" every year, to hopefully pick up issues BEFORE they become an issue.


Now as far as working the barrel pattern. What happens if you WALK the pattern 3 times? Does he also start throwing his head?

Now, I am not one to do the pattern X number of times. I am going to work the pattern until I get accomplished what I want. If they get it perfect the first time through, wonderful! We are done. But if I've got to do it 5 times until they are focused and responding, then I will (almost never gets to that point). So don't set it in your mind that "we are going to do the pattern 3 times". Rather, base it on how your horse is working. When he does something right at whatever pace you are at, leave him be.

I'm a big fan of doing drills with the barrels .... but not actually the barrel pattern. This allows me to work on the barrels without souring them on the same pattern every time.

I went to a Judy Myllymaki clinic this spring it was awesome. If you scroll to the bottom of this page link
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You'll find lots of her stations she uses. They are great!
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Thanks! I'm taking a few days off to let his mouth rest if that's the issue, then possibly Sunday I will attempt the pattern with him again. I do practice other drills like a serpentine and such so he doesn't get sour. Also I do fear sometimes if I don't walk it numerous times he will not respond well next time, but I get what your saying that one successful time should satisfy what I'm asking of him. I will from now on try it until he does it right and then call it quits instead of pushing him at it for a long time. I will attempt to have someone record me on Sunday at both a walk and a trot :)
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Giving time off isn't going to fix anything if his teeth have sharp points that are causing sores. Because he has that 24/7 not just when you ride.
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post #14 of 15 Old 05-17-2013, 10:05 AM
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Thanks! I'm taking a few days off to let his mouth rest if that's the issue, then possibly Sunday I will attempt the pattern with him again. I do practice other drills like a serpentine and such so he doesn't get sour. Also I do fear sometimes if I don't walk it numerous times he will not respond well next time, but I get what your saying that one successful time should satisfy what I'm asking of him. I will from now on try it until he does it right and then call it quits instead of pushing him at it for a long time. I will attempt to have someone record me on Sunday at both a walk and a trot :)
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If you have an abcessed tooth in YOUR mouth, will taking a "few days off to rest" help anything? Absolutely not. BarrelHorseLvr is right. You NEED to get this horse to an equine dentist. If he has a tooth issue, it needs to be fixed. It's not going to go away with rest.

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post #15 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 12:06 PM
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Sounds like he is annoyed with having to do it, if he doesn't do it when you do other exercises.
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