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post #1 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question horse wont stop tossing head

When i am riding my horse wont stop tossing her head and wont hold still when i need her to stop. Need some help!?!?!?

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 05:30 PM
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well mine would toss and bob his head and my trainer said getting him to drop his head will get him to give and be softer on his mouth. it works he doesnt toss or bob anymore i do it every time before i ride. just make him give and once he does praise him and do it 3 to 4 times.
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post #3 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 05:34 PM
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Mabye her bit is bothering her. It's either a habit or something is annoying her.
Does her saddle fit?
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post #4 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 05:52 PM
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Do you ride with contact or on a loose rein?

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post #5 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle fits fine. Bits fine and i ride loose rein

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post #6 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 07:15 PM
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When were her teeth examined last? By a good equine dentist? Any chance she might have a chiropractic issue causing discomfort?

Is this a new behavior? Or has she been doing this for a long time?

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post #7 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 07:22 PM
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Get her teeth checked. I have a gelding who was a terrible head tosser, and he still had his wolf teeth at 12 years of age. The vet floated him, pulled the wolf teeth, and cleaned up an abscess and no more head tossing.
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post #8 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 07:27 PM
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The head tossing sounds like pain somewhere. I would have her teeth checked and then check all of your take to make sure it doesn't have pokes and that it still fits correctly. Sometimes when horses loose or gain weight it can cause the saddle to no longer fit and cause pain. There could also be an underlying health issue somewhere as well that hasn't made your horse sick, but uncomfortable such as tummy troubles or even ulcers.... my horse was a BAD head tosser and it turned out he had an ulcer problem. The head tossing completely went away after treatment.... so just be aware that there could be something hurting your horse that you can't physically see.

When you are positive it isn't pain or tack fit, I would look at your bit and make sure that it's not hurting your horse. Maybe you might need a "friendlier" bit.
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post #9 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 07:31 PM
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How long have you had/ridden this horse?

Has anything changed?

Last time teeth were checked?

What about flies?

Did you check tack to make sure there wasn't pinching?

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post #10 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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The only time she does it is when i ride outside the pasture in the pqsture shes fine but outside of it is the problem

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