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    05-06-2011, 08:40 AM
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Arabian throwing and Snaking head

My horse snakes his head back and forth when I ride him, sometimes he even throws his head. The throws are high, but only occasionally. He does it when he wants to eat grass and I wont let him, or if I stop him abruptly, or ect. He is Arabian and I guess "Snaking" their head is something they do but... I don't like it xD I am not using a tye down as I consider them "Bandaids" for bad behavior. What happens when I want to ride my horse bareback? So any help on correcting this!? He also does it SOMETIMES when I just cleared a jump he kinda puts his head down and snakes it. It very annoying and I would like to break the habit. Thanks (:
     
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    05-06-2011, 09:04 AM
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Yearling
I've spent most of my life around arabians a well a other breeds. They all have an equivalent tendency to do that. It really depends more on the horse than the breed.

Aside from that, what type of bit are you using, does he have a sensitive mouth, does he need floated?
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    05-06-2011, 09:32 AM
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Yearling
I have always liked to ride bareback also, but with some horses it just is not a safe thing to do. In my younger years I rode many a horse bareback, but my own QH mare I got when I was 45 threw me soundly when tried to mount her barebacked. I got on her right enough, as soon as I was astride she soundly bucked me down. I tried one other time and she immediately laid her ears flat, so I was okay with that and never tried again. Do you carry a riding crop or maybe a dressage whip?

As for the "snaking neck and attitude behavior", those are not breed specific tendencies as I had an experience with a POA that was a dangerous pony/horse. His owner's were non-experienced horse owners and that POA got away with every bad, dangerous behavior known to the nature of horses in regard to human exposure.
     
    05-06-2011, 11:01 AM
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My QH does this sometimes. Really randomly, but usually when he wants to bolt or is feeling his oats. Doesn't matter if it's on a loose rein or contact.

I haven't figured out what to do about it yet... So hopefully someone will have a good suggestion. I will say that it gets better as the year goes on. It's the worst in the winter/spring.
     
    05-06-2011, 11:08 AM
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Weanling
Check for barbs and hooks on his teeth!
     
    05-06-2011, 11:11 AM
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Trained
Already done in my case....
     
    05-06-2011, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by SEAmom    
I've spent most of my life around arabians a well a other breeds. They all have an equivalent tendency to do that. It really depends more on the horse than the breed.

Aside from that, what type of bit are you using, does he have a sensitive mouth, does he need floated?
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I am using a Bit-Less bridle (Not a Hackamore) He rides 101% better with a bit-less bridle. I have tried him out with many new bits and only the Bit-less bridle works. He is 5 years old so he doesnt have any teeth issues. He has been checked by the vet to see if his teeth are good and they are fine. So I really don't know what to do about this. Yeah, they owners I got him from used a tye down but I am not going to use it.
     
    05-06-2011, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by candandy49    
I have always liked to ride bareback also, but with some horses it just is not a safe thing to do. In my younger years I rode many a horse bareback, but my own QH mare I got when I was 45 threw me soundly when tried to mount her barebacked. I got on her right enough, as soon as I was astride she soundly bucked me down. I tried one other time and she immediately laid her ears flat, so I was okay with that and never tried again. Do you carry a riding crop or maybe a dressage whip?

As for the "snaking neck and attitude behavior", those are not breed specific tendencies as I had an experience with a POA that was a dangerous pony/horse. His owner's were non-experienced horse owners and that POA got away with every bad, dangerous behavior known to the nature of horses in regard to human exposure.
I don't carry any form of whip when riding, but when he throws or snakes his head I slap him on his shoulder to get his attention and I say "NO". This works sometimes... I can ride him bareback but comeon, if I am riding bareback I wont have a girth on to attach the tye down to so I don't need a "Band-aid" but a real fix.
     
    05-06-2011, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by BrewCrew    
Check for barbs and hooks on his teeth!
His teeth have been checked by the vet and they are sound. And when I ride I don't use a bit, I am Bit-less ;D
     
    05-06-2011, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
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My QH does this sometimes. Really randomly, but usually when he wants to bolt or is feeling his oats. Doesn't matter if it's on a loose rein or contact.

I haven't figured out what to do about it yet... So hopefully someone will have a good suggestion. I will say that it gets better as the year goes on. It's the worst in the winter/spring.
Ya my guy does it when he is irritated, he flings his head so far back sometimes it hits me in the face.. SOMETIMES not always. Hopefully someone can help us (:
     

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