Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Update! Hi everyone, sorry it’s been so long getting back to you. We have had some progress in the last week with some answers to the ‘head twisting’!
We free-lunged him in the arena – no head twist. Watched him playing during paddock turn-out – no head twist. Also have not witnessed him doing it in his stall since the one occurrence, which I am starting to believe was a fluke.
He was examined by the vet with no significant findings – teeth are perfect, gums are good, no sore muscles, stifles are great, etc, etc. The vet himself was a bit stumped and suggested we start playing with different tack to see if that’s the problem – try bitless, try different saddle etc. We felt like we were back to square one. Until, we had another idea…
On Sunday, we shipped out and had a well established, long-time pro ride him. EVASION! He was downright evading moving forward off her leg, so he would head twist. When she got firmer with him and ignored his head twist, he got even more ticked off, stopped head twisting then started to swap out in hopes he could evade in another way. She was positive he is downright being naughty. I very much trust and admire this pro. She can watch a horse that she has never seen before, flat around for all of five minutes and peg every under saddle issue it has. She really is amazing in what she does and is also a wonderful coach. We have lots of homework over the next 30 days, at which time she will re-assess him.
At this point in the game, we are going to start to treat it as a training issue. Of course, we are not completely ruling out a soreness that would be causing him to evade, and will be keeping our eyes peeled for any signs of discomfort or pain. On a side note, he does have a Chiropractic appointment next week, so we will see how that goes as well.
Anyway, wish us luck! And thank you again for everyone’s responses, they are very much appreciated! I will post another update should the Chiro find anything. Cheers!
"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle ~ Winston Churchill"