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post #1 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Question Head bobbing???

i have a 4 year old paint gelding, hes about 16.2hh and really sweet. hes not fully broke, but hes a nice ride. but i noticed he bobs side to side and the faster he goes in a walk the worse it gets. but when hes trotting it stops and he holds it high. i got him this past may and hes never bobed then, it started when we got my 3 year old Paint, h edose it in the saddle and on the ground, when hes hyper and wanting to go back to the pasture and the other 2 hroses he has more of a bob.

what could cause it?
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 03:32 PM
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hmm. I don't think he's lame but head bobbing often shows up then. Check how tight you're holding the reins when you're walking that could most definitely cause him to bob his head, it could also be from over excitement =) Hoped I helped.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 06:23 PM
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Do you have a video? He could just be a bad mover.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 09:07 PM
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Is he bobbing his head or is he looking side to side? Some horses(we have 2 at my barn) that when you're working them they do what you ask but they're off in lala land. They're so nosey they just can't look straight ahead of them. One is quite a klutz because of it but we love him anyway haha.

But then again there are some wonky movers out there.

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i have no video, but its side to side, i hold my reins lose. i got him to stop when i was leading him back but i had to get him to hold it curved to get him to listen. he gets really destracted alot.
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I wonder if he has some gaited bloodlines in his pedigree? It's normal for a gaited horse to bob their head somewhat up and down and side to side, especially at a fast running walk or the gaits that are in between a walk or trot/canter.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-16-2011, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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hes a regesterd Paint horse and hes out of a QH and paint, i also sawa some TBs. i know my first horse was a TWH did that. but im pretty sure hes not gaited.
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With that history, I doubt it, too. Not many paints/QH/TBs are ever gaited....
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I have noticed that when he picks up a trot/canter it goes away and he holds it for the most part still.
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If he's registered Qtr, then he's a bad mover. Were he gaited, then he's just fine. Sorta the same as the differance between line bred and in-bred.

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