Head bobbing??? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,292
• Horses: 5
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?
HarleyWood is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 04:32 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 1,356
• Horses: 2
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.
palominolover is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 07:23 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 4,648
• Horses: 6
Do you have a video? He could just be a bad mover.
bubba13 is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 10:07 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,912
• Horses: 3
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.

~ Hope is never light years away ~
Phantomcolt18 is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,292
• Horses: 5
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.
HarleyWood is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 10-15-2011, 10:55 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,386
• Horses: 1
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.
Ladytrails is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 10-16-2011, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,292
• Horses: 5
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.
HarleyWood is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 10-16-2011, 06:28 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,386
• Horses: 1
With that history, I doubt it, too. Not many paints/QH/TBs are ever gaited....
Ladytrails is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 10-17-2011, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,292
• Horses: 5
I have noticed that when he picks up a trot/canter it goes away and he holds it for the most part still.
Posted via Mobile Device
HarleyWood is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 10-18-2011, 12:32 AM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: In a house,w/ dogs and cats, a woman and a kid.
Posts: 275
• Horses: 0
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.

For all your farrier needs, GET BNT!
bntnail is offline  

bobbig , paint

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
Head bobbing Loyalty09 Dressage 24 07-19-2011 01:37 AM
Head Bobbing Sketter English Riding 6 10-17-2009 11:44 PM
Bobbing his head tempest Horse Training 10 02-25-2009 07:57 PM
Head bobbing? What does it mean? Eventer4545 Horse Training 10 12-12-2007 02:21 AM
Head Bobbing Bonbon Horse Health 3 05-01-2007 03:59 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