Originally Posted by Clava
Just wondering if throwing his nose in the air is not just about the muscle under his neck? Could he have a teeth issue or a back issue (both can be causes of a such behaviour with his head)? I would only use a running martigale as a safety measure for myself with a horse that throws its head up as they come into action then, but they are hopeless at teaching a horse not to do it. If you get your body right (I have Ride With Your Mind lessons which are all about correcting the rider) then the horse can move into the correct way of going, as I have often found that I am usually the problem
Hope that helps
Very good questions.
He used to grind his teeth very badly. As a result my vet checks his teeth about every three to four months. Most of the previous grinding habit as well as throwing his head up and shaking his head was previously determined to be a result of ulcers and over active acid pumps in his stomach. These have been addressed, treated and maintained with the help of my vet. What remains is habit and the incorrect muscling that it caused.. It is slowly getting better.
For those wondering about my bit, he is currently in a Happy Mouth double jointed roller with loose rings. Don't worry it is the new style not the style that was recalled. I have also had him in a sprenger wh, korsteel double link copper snaffle, a fulmer and a plain loose ring. He likes the happy mouth the best.