Head balancing left to right (trot only) HELP

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  • Why is my horse tilting his head at trot
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    03-13-2013, 04:51 PM
Exclamation Head balancing left to right (trot only) HELP

Hello everyone,

I am wondering if anyone here has ever come across a problem similar to the problem I have with my horse.
I will explain what she does and will also post a few link to videos of what she does on youtube.

When we trot (tack or no tack/ rider or no rider on her back) she will balance her head from left to right, more to the left I find and I have no idea what is causing this. She's been doing this ever since I bought her and no one knows why she is doing this. I've checked her back and pinched all the way each sides of the spine and no reaction so it's not her back. She looks very healthy as well.
So basically when trotting instead of keeping her head straight like a normal horse would do she lightly swings it left to right.

I will also mention (i do not use a bit in her mouth) I have a bitless bridle and like I said, she does this tack or no tack.

Please help with as many responses as possible, anything at all!

Thank you very much! :)

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    03-13-2013, 05:15 PM
I do see you said you have checked her back, but have you asked a chiro to check her back? My chiro does from the pole, right down to the legs. He does the horses at work as well, and it's amazing how a niggle in one place can affect them elsewhere.
    03-13-2013, 05:24 PM
Green Broke
How old is she? How long have you owned her, do you know anything about her background? Does she do it on the ground/in the field? It looks like it could definitely be pain related. I can see when you are lunging her, she is bracing her neck and not wanting to look forward, though that may be just her trying to evade pressure from you.

Have you ever tried acupuncture/having a chiropractor look at her? There may be something off in her poll/neck. My colt was kicked in the head almost 5 months ago and nearly died of brain damage. He's now 100% except he tilts his head to the left. It's more noticeable when he's "concentrating" I.e., when he's on the lead or when he focuses on something like the barn cat. When he's out in the field it's barely noticeable. The night of his accident, he was severely tilting his head to the left and would spin in circles. They believe he broke a bone somewhere up in his poll area along with the brain damage and that it healed that way. I've done acupuncture with him twice now and I can already see a difference in his head carriage.

Maybe your girl has sort of a similar situation? If you know the history on her that could help. Is it something that just recently developed or something that she's done ever since you had her? I would definitely have her checked out by a vet(only vets can perform acupuncture on equines) or a chiro at the least. Have her teeth been checked?

Side note, she's freaking adorable. :)
    03-13-2013, 06:41 PM
I never had a chiro checked her, there are no chiro even near where I live :( the closest would be like 7 hours away :S
To answer all of the questions mentionned, yes she has been doing this ever since i've bought her, which was May 2012. I have asked the previous owner if she had been doing that, she said no.
She is 5 years old but will turn 6 in may.
I believe she also does it in the field (she is boarded so I rarely see her trot in the field)
The vet will come to see her in may and give her vaccines, I will ask him to check her teeth. I worked for this vet last year and unfortunetely I doubt he does accupunture and he does not have a portable xray machine either. This vet only comes to my hometown once a week. :(

So im stuck here because there are no equine chiro anywhere near :(
I really wish this could go away. Although I tell myself that if she was in so much pain I would have been bucked off a long time ago! But maybe im wrong.

And thank you Kayella for your little side note :P
    03-13-2013, 07:01 PM
To me it looks like a training issue and she does not understand giving to pressure or rounding up. Does not know how to bend and the bitless bridle I was not impressed with. I would ride her in a soft mylar broken bit and teach her to give to pressure. When cantering in the snow the 1 rein was longer than the other and I think that was making her bend one way.
    03-13-2013, 07:07 PM
Churumbeque, she also does it when she trots freely as well with no bridle or anything. I like riding in a bitless bridle and i'm still learning to canter so yes my reins are everywhere... I am aware I need to watch how I put my reins ;)
    03-13-2013, 07:25 PM
Originally Posted by joseeandjade11    
Churumbeque, she also does it when she trots freely as well with no bridle or anything. I like riding in a bitless bridle and i'm still learning to canter so yes my reins are everywhere... I am aware I need to watch how I put my reins ;)
It is common for an unbalanced horse that does not understand any collection to look that way when free lunging also. I think you are going to have a hard time teaching her to collect and get balanced with the system you are using. When in the round pen loose she was always bent to the outside. They have to be taught how to bend correctly and some do it more naturally then others. Yours is going to need more help in learning how to carry her self.
    03-14-2013, 01:12 PM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
They have to be taught how to bend correctly and some do it more naturally then others. Yours is going to need more help in learning how to carry her self.
I am willing to give that a try before getting a chiro to check her out. How would I make her learn to bend? I have had some people telling me that she may simply be off balance (i'm guessing that what your also trying to say) she's counter bent when we trot and I need to get her true bend. I just don't know how to do that and I would give anything to learn to know how I could help her please :)
    03-14-2013, 01:38 PM
Do you have any horsemanship clinics in your area that you could go to and watch . That is how I've learned the most I actually have been riding in some clinics but auditing would be very helpful also .
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    03-14-2013, 01:41 PM
My phone quit working I'll try again . Any classical horsemanship people could help you . The principles are the same Larry White sell those gaited horses but his principles are the same Brent greif I know that spelled wrong I can't remember . Ken McNabb Josh Lyons . If you don't have anyone in your area or can't afford that I would buy Larry whitesells videos they are very reasonably priced
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