Is it an Arab thing? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 31 Old 04-05-2010, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: I am omnipresent (mostly Alberta...)
Posts: 201
• Horses: 2
Is it an Arab thing?

I've ridden a couple Arabians (all of them just a little....shall we be nice and say "off"? lol good thing I love the breed), and they all do this head-toss thing where they pull on the reins. None of them have issues with their teeth, so that's not it. I know not all Arabs do this, but I'm wondering if it's just theses particular horses, or if it's a common behavior in Arabs. Or it could just be me as a rider! But I've only noticed it in the Arabs.
horsegirlmaddy is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 09:30 AM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 22
• Horses: 1
Don't take any offense to this and I am most defiantly not trying to be offensive or anything, but it could be your riding style. The first thing I thought of was pain or a little discomfort but you mentioned that all their teeth were fine. Maybe check the saddle? I thought behavior but you mentioned that a lot of them do that. Again no offense but you could be doing something to irritate them? Good luck hope this helped!

Mustangg is offline  
post #3 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 09:55 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Texas!
Posts: 569
• Horses: 3
My arab does it but only after she has been spooked or she has gotten excited. Maybe your on to something with it being an arab thing lol.

Horses Will Listen...Even When No One Else Could Possibly Understand...
Pidge is offline  
post #4 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 10:00 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: alberta
Posts: 2,747
• Horses: 1
Arabs were pretty much bred to carry their head highand aware, ive heard that it is sorta just an arab thing, but its just like thoroughbreds. TB's are known to be hothead, but not all of them are. same with arabs :)

If there are no horses in heaven... im not going.
ridergirl23 is offline  
post #5 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 10:26 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 7,588
• Horses: 2
My Arab is the only one I've ever ridden significantly (2 years) and recently enough to remember (haha) and she's only done "the head flip" once. We were galloping, she wanted to run away with me, I got mad at her, and she realized that it would be in her best interest to slow down, then she engaged in the head flip in a very "I don't wanna but I will" way. Haha

I've heard that it can be common for Arabs to flip their heads around (if you mean the horses flipped their heads around, not throwing them in the air) but it's the same with the idiosyncrasies of every breed: some will do it, some won't.

If you mean that these Arabs you rode kept throwing their heads in the air, then I would definitely look into saddle fit and how you're riding. =)

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat

Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Wallaby is offline  
post #6 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 10:30 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Pickton, TX
Posts: 555
• Horses: 3
I would say its a training thing. ;)
Crimsonhorse01 is offline  
post #7 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 11:06 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: May 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 3,064
• Horses: 1
My half arab does that lol, I dont think its an arab thing though, although arabs are assocciated with that sort of behaviour. I have ridden other breeds like British Sports Horses, Dartmoors and Wesh ponies that do the 'head-toss' thing also, and there are probably many more.

Keep your feet on the ground when your head's in the clouds.
speedy da fish is offline  
post #8 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 11:55 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 2,355
• Horses: 2
my arab/paint tosses her head when she has a lot of energy, is spooky ( yesterday she was freaking out because of a puppy whining! and she was tossing her head dancing around etc.) but she doesnt do it when she is relaxed so the arabs might be sensing your nervousness/fear even if it is small!!

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown
caseymyhorserocks is offline  
post #9 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 12:03 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 32
• Horses: 5
my pinto pony started head tossing after i let a little girl ride her at horse camp . came to realize this girl was using way more rein then my Holly ever needed. In defense Holly would swing her head to gain rein back. Maybe these arabs you are riding need a little less rein then you are used to giving. Just listen to them and they will tell you want they would like.
lilc0wgurl is offline  
post #10 of 31 Old 04-06-2010, 12:08 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narnia
Posts: 112
• Horses: 2
My Arab has never tosses his head with the reins. When acting up he raises his head really high, but doesn't toss it. The only time I've seen him flip his head around is in the pasture.

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." - George Harrison
BlueJayWay is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Thing sparky Games 6563 12-21-2015 05:58 PM
Pure arab or arab cross? Rowzy Horse Breeds 18 03-06-2010 12:09 PM
Is this a bad thing? Skippy! Horse Breeding 11 09-18-2009 08:03 AM
Are we doing the right thing??? elkiebean Horse Health 5 07-20-2009 04:41 PM
The best thing ever!! Gingerrrrr Horse Talk 10 10-16-2008 10:41 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome