My horse keeps putting her head down while im riding, what should i do?

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    07-07-2010, 11:03 AM
Unhappy My horse keeps putting her head down while im riding, what should i do?

Every time I ride my horse, she keeps putting her head down. I pull her head up, and keep her going but she keeps doing it. I know she is trying to get away from the bit, so she doesn't have to work. Any suggestions will be great!
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    07-07-2010, 11:07 AM
My instructor used to put me on a pony that would put his head down, stop, and buck. Whenever he put his head down, she told me to give him a pop in the mouth with the reins. Just take one rein, pull it up quickly and sort of harshly, and then put it back into normal position again. Keep doing this, and she might get the point. Not sure though, because the pony I rode was bucking, so if she's not bucking it might not help. I don't know. Lol.
    07-07-2010, 11:23 AM
Anticipate the head down move and stop the horse from doing it........ or try changing bits or riding in a bosal or hackamore....
    07-07-2010, 11:52 AM
AWW54- thanks for the advice, I will try that tomorrow!
Citrus- I have only used one bit on her, and she doesnt like it at all. I did buy her a bit-less bridle, but it didnt fit her big head. It so hard to find stuff that's fits her! LOL
    07-07-2010, 12:01 PM
You can try the half-halt, that always works with any horse I'm riding who starts to get heavy on my hands.

If she's putting her head right down, kick her to go on and kind of pop her, like AngelWithoutWings suggested. My old pony used to do that, to try and eat grass, and that's basically how we got over that.
    07-07-2010, 12:08 PM
Today I was "smacking" her when she put her head down. Pulled the reins up if that didnt work. When I did that she was kinda of surprised and went. Then she just did it again. She wasnt trying to eat grass. She would have her head down and was pulling against the reins. She had her mouth open wide(like she was yawning) and I could hear her move the bit with her tongue. This is the first time she has constantly done this.
    07-07-2010, 12:11 PM
You mentioned before that you had the one bit that she didn't like at all...maybe just get her a bit that she does feel more comfortable in.
    07-07-2010, 12:17 PM
She just a little booger that's all;) hahaha. Jk.
That's probably what it is. Or that she is just lazy and doesnt want to work? So she's trying to get out of it.
Im getting her a roller bit this weekend. And soon after that a bit-less bridle.
    07-07-2010, 12:19 PM
Have you had her teeth checked recently? She might have a bad tooth that is being hit by the bit and stretching her head and opening her mouth to get away from it.
    07-07-2010, 12:26 PM
Her teeth were done sometime last year. I will try to change some things and see if it helps.

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! They were real helpful, and I got some ideas hopefully I can fix the problem soon:)

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