Bending Issues

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Bending Issues

This is a discussion on Bending Issues within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-25-2007, 04:01 PM
Bending Issues

My mare has bending issues. Walking, troting and cantering she turns her neck to the rail and rides like that. Nothing I do is helping! Can someone give me advice?????
Sponsored Links
    09-25-2007, 06:38 PM
My horse is awful for that too.

I've been doing exercises on the ground like standing beside him and bending his head round to me. At first he would walk round in circles for ages but he got the idea ad he's soft on the ground now and will bend his head round at the slightest bit of pressure. You can do that on the horse aswell but make sure to keep the pressure on until the horse is "soft" and release the second they soften and stop resisting.

Also get your horse moving over when you use your hand just behind the girth area on the ground so when you're riding her you can push her body to the outside with your inside leg and I lift up my inside hand a bit to bend his head to the inside.

I'm no expert but I hope that made some sense. Someone can probably explain it better.
    09-27-2007, 04:46 PM
Thanks so much for your advice! I'tt defintely try that with her!
    09-27-2007, 08:38 PM
This sounds like a classic case of a horse's teeth not being balanced. If the teeth are not balanced, then the whole horse will not be balanced. Does your horse tend to not pick up one of the leads as well as the other?

I would HIGHLY suggest that you have one of Spencer LaFlure's certified dentists out to look at your horse. Spencer has a different approach to floating teeth, and let me tell you, no one else will ever float my horse's teeth. The changes in him, along with all of our friend's horses, have been phenominal, and immediate. I have had 2 vets tell me that they spend abolut 1 day learning how to "float" teeth. Sure, they can identify pathology, but they don't know how to fix it. And a lot of equine dentists take off too much tooth (especially if you have your horse floated twice a year) and they don't know how to properly balance the teeth. Spencer's website is If you want more info. On him, feel free to ask.
    09-28-2007, 10:36 PM
Thanks so much to everyone who posted advice for me! I am defintely getting her teeth checked!! Thanks again
    10-01-2007, 05:21 PM
Dear Spirithorse:

I can't thank you enough for letting me know about Spencer LaFure!! I contacted him and he is coming out to evaluate my mare pretty soon. Thanks again!
    10-01-2007, 09:50 PM
YAY!!! You're welcome!! I'm so happy you called him! Isn't he the nicest guy? I can't tell you how happy I am that he is coming out to look at your horse!! I know you will see a difference immediately. I totally believe in his way of floating teeth.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0