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post #1 of 4 Old 11-23-2010, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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My mare keeps pulling her head down

My lovely mare Crystal keeps pulling her head down every so often. I've tried every trick in the book but I need a rider's point of view! Please help as I have a Gymkana on the 18th of December. Thanks!
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-23-2010, 04:14 PM
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My mare, Cloud, has that problem too. What I would suggest is a bucking strap-those things attach to the saddle. you hold onto them (and the reins) and then the horse can't pull his head down. i've used a bucking strap, and it's helped, but it doesn't completely solve the problem. You also might want to try grass reins.
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im not sure if you mean lening on the reins or just plain pulling her head down to eat lol Is she collected up? or on a loose rein? is she sore in her back/neck/legs at all? it all depends on these things a little, but if she is leaning on the reins, loosen you hands a little, as she would be pulling back to your pressure, this is her way of telling you "hey, im doing what you want, so why am i getting pulled back?". and also use your legs to make her a little more energetic! and if she is pullin her head down to eat, say a firm "NO" and kick her on.

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