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    11-04-2012, 09:17 PM
Head Issues.. ?!

So I moved to college a few months ago & sadly had to leave my boy behind. :( I'm allowing my trainer to use him in her intermediate lessons & she's told me that at the canter, he's putting his head down & refers to it as his "buck", yet he never does anything. I know what she's talking about with him stretching his head down, and I happen to have it captured in a video, which I screen shot & included. I've never had any issues with it, as he usually pops his head back up after doing this for a second, but since I haven't actually seen any of the lessons, I can't tell exactly what he's doing with the girls. What does this look like to you?
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    11-04-2012, 11:09 PM
It looks like he is reaching down to round his back in the picture. Do you have the video?
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    11-04-2012, 11:59 PM
Some horses use a lowered head as a form of evasion. If he is being used as a lesson horse and the students don't have as gentle of hands as he is used to, or else are not "giving" enough at the canter he could be stretching out his neck to seek some release.

I've ridden horses also that have learned that if they want to speed up they can lower their head and push it into the bit just before speeding up so a person can't get leverage pulling back.
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    11-05-2012, 12:12 AM
Jumanji- that's what I've been thinking, he's rounding his back, but isn't quite developed enough yet to hold it for very long. And I do have the video, but I'll have to upload it tomorrow. :)

Gottatrot- Nice observation! Didn't think if that, but you may be on to something there! What are some things I can try with him or can tell my trainer to try with the girls to fix it? Even if its suggestions for the girls to work on to help them help him. The last thing I want is for them to hurt my baby boy!
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    11-05-2012, 12:07 PM
Here is the video:

    11-05-2012, 12:20 PM
I would re-think the decision to let him be used as a lesson horse... you may end up with more problems than you need.
    11-06-2012, 09:41 AM
Originally Posted by Boo Walker    
I would re-think the decision to let him be used as a lesson horse... you may end up with more problems than you need.
The reason why I'm letting him be used in a couple of lessons is because I 100% trust the trainer and would rather him be ridden some while I'm away rather than sit in the pasture & have all of our hard work the past year and a half go to waste.
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    11-10-2012, 06:41 PM
Bump. I'd like to hear more thoughts!
    11-10-2012, 08:13 PM
My first thought is that if he's with a trainer why is she asking you for suggestions instead of working with him and fixing it? Is it a good idea to leave him with a trainer who isn't able to address a problem in a lesson horse?

Sometimes lessson horses need to be schooled by the trainers so they maintain their training and aren't affected by learning riders. Why doesn't she get on him herself!?
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    11-10-2012, 08:52 PM
She didn't ask me for suggestions. She thinks it's his way of bucking & trying to test the girls riding him, but since what I put in the video is the extent of what he does with me, I wanted to get other opinions on what it looked like to different people. It's perfectly okay to leave him with her, she knows horses. But she's only ridden him once, when I first got him to address an issue I was having with him & couldn't figure out, and that's the extent of what she's done with him until now. Therefore, she doesn't know him as well as I do.

Unfortunately, she runs the farm all by herself & has to manage upkeep & everything on her own. She barely gets to ride her own mare, nevertheless my horse.
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