Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I agree with WSArabians to an extent. It most definitely can be a training thing, and it usually is, but it IS a trait most commonly seen in high headed breeds. It can obviously be trained out of them, but it does take work as the natural inclination is to hold their head high and when that combines with the sensitivity and any bad training or a coarse rider, they are quick to show their displeasure.
You just don't typically see the head flipping thing in non-high headed breeds because they find different ways to voice their displeasure based on conformation. For example, bad training makes it darn easy to make a tough mouth on a stock horse for example. Many stock horses are a lot less sensitive, and you see all sorts of crazy bits on barrel horses just to control them. You rarely will ever find that problem in an Arabian, regardless of training, you can almost always throw them back on their haunches into a halt just from their inability to disconnect from their sensitivity.
Obviously it's a case by case bases and no stereotypes intended, but it gives a comparison as to why you may find a flippy head Arab or an impossible to stop stock horse for example. Breed and conformation tend to bring out generic ways of evasion when put in sticky situations.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.