Originally Posted by Travellersmom88 View Post
hmm maybe try a martingale when he does? I used to ride a horse that threw her head up when we were cantering so we used a martingale on her it everythings fine now :)
That's really not a solution, that's a band-aid. It doesn't fix the problem and as soon as you take off the martingale, the head will go right back up
When was the last time his teeth were done? I bought my horse Charlie in April and his owner had said his teeth had been done. However, lately when I've been riding him, he's been sticking his head straight in the air and evading the bit. When the equine dentist came out, he said Charlie's back teeth looked like they hadn't been done in a few years and the points were sticking into the top of his mouth. Ever since his teeth have been floated (correctly), he's been a dream to ride.
If that's not the issue, then the problem is you
. So often, we blame our horses for their way of going, when really how our horse goes is a reflection of our riding. By no means am I calling you a bad rider, but if it's not pain, then take a look at what you are doing. Were your hands braced or not following his motion? Were your seatbones sticking him in the back? Were you moving around too much in the saddle and his balance was off?
I would also revisit back pain and have your saddle evaluated for fit. Even though he may not have shown signs of back pain once the saddle was off that one time doesn't mean it's definitely not a fitting issue.