So, I just bought my horse about a month-month and a half ago. When I tried him out he was absolutely GREAT! And the first time I rode him with a friend and her horse, he was absolutely GREAT, considering the fact he hadn't been ridden in a year. But since then he has been acting weird. At first he didn't stop, but I changed bits and he got much better, and then he wouldn't turn, and refused to turn the way I wanted, but I fixed that with some reining exercises and now he tosses his head when I gallop him, and just barely picks his hind legs up, but it almost feels like he is going to buck. Is it a poor fitting saddle? I am trying out some new ones that are bigger in size. I am currently doing some galloping exercises on him to stop his head throwing. And his previous owner said to use a tie down. How else can I stop this? Thanks! And he is a good horse, because he was high dollar, so I know something is wrong, I just don't know what.
Do not put a tie down on this horse, it will just make him worse.
What bit are you using?
Have you taken lessons before buying this horse?
It could be a saddle issue, so I would try some new saddles.
Press into his muscle, especially close to the spine to see if he is sore anywhere.
Check his teeth, they may be sharp and causing him pain.
I would work more at slower paces and get them perfect before moving into galloping where the problem is noticeable.
What do you do with this horse? Pleasure, barrels?
I am using a twisted snaffle on him, and it has a very long shank. I have been riding for a while before I bought this horse, but I have never had a horse act like this: All my other horses were slow old trail horses. I just do trail riding with this horse, and before that he was also used as a trail horse, pack horse and hunting horse. His previous owner is coming to see him, because she was shocked that he was acting like that.
If you hold the reins too tight when galloping, or if he gets excited he will toss his head. Or he may be in pain. So you either need to work on relaxing your hands/relaxing your horse/checking him for pain.
He sounds like a nice horse, and I hope it all works out between you two!
I'd put him in an actual snaffle, and go back to some flatwork training. Get him walk/trot/cantering, accepting aids in a controlled environment before taking him out. If he hasn't been ridden in a year then he probably just needs a couple of weeks of solid work to "tune him up". Using a harsh bit and tie down is never a good solution.
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Lol they serve a functional purpose-- for tie down roping they want the horse to be ballanced on the forend so they can back up fast and keep the rope tight-- I agree theyre not for fixing problems- and widly used that way and got a bad rap- but I wouldnt say a million dollar winning rope horse is junk.