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post #1 of 13 Old 06-13-2013, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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bridle issue

When I'm riding my horse we use a hackamore because she won't take a bit for the life of her. But when I ride she does little toss thing with her head constantly I want to get in showing wIth her but with this head tossing thing I won't do it

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-13-2013, 08:27 AM
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Hmmm what shows/classes are you intending on showing in? If I'm not mistaken many shows don't allow hackamores. What kind of hackamore are you using - some of them can be fairly strong devices.
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-13-2013, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Its not necessarily showing it's barrel racing. And I'm not quite sure it came with her and the person that I got her from never had a problem with her doing this

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It sounds like this horse has never learned how to give to the bit. Does she maintain a fairly high head carriage? If so she's not relaxed in the poll which creates resistance thro the length of her body. Start with groundwork and a snaffle and teach her to bend, inch by inch if that's what it takes. Stand a couple of feet off her shoulder, facing her shoulder and start bringing her head around. Draw it in an arc, not just straight toward your hip. If she resists after a few inches then you know she doesn't know how to give to the bit. Try tickling the rein with your pinky so there's less pull and more lip signal. Once she stops demanding that her head be straight and holds it with no pressure on the rein, gently push her cheek to straighten her head so she can relax. Do this every time you are near her, even using the halter or your hand on the bridge of her nose so it becomes ingrained. Don't ride her for the first few days you are teaching this. Then do it from the saddle. This is what is often called the one-rein stop. What the one-rein stop is doing is reminding the horse to relax at the poll to relax his body.
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-13-2013, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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We don't use a bit with her we use a hackamore we found she is better with one except when does her head toss thing. We used to use one but she's worse with it she was trained with a hackamore so that's what we will continue to use. I want her stop this head tossing

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What kind of hackamore are you using? Mechanical or rawhide bosal?
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-13-2013, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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I believe it's mechanical

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Have you tried just a halter? Did she react the same way? If she's still reacting the same way in a halter then you may need to consider that she's in pain somewhere.

Palpate her back, neck, head, legs. If she's flinching then she's in pain and the head tossing is probably because of this.

Just something to consider and possibly rule out.

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I have a horse that I also ride in a mechanical hackamore. Her owner used to really jerk on her head so I think that has something to do with it.

Maybe teeth also need to be done? I'm not sure if it would affect in a hackamore but I know my mare needs her teeth done but she throws her head also in a bit.

Poll out of place? A thoroughbred I work with had her poll out of place and she would throw her head, once I had a chiropractor out to work on her and they re-adjusted her poll her head throwing stopped.
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Have you tried just a halter? Did she react the same way? If she's still reacting the same way in a halter then you may need to consider that she's in pain somewhere.

Palpate her back, neck, head, legs. If she's flinching then she's in pain and the head tossing is probably because of this.

Just something to consider and possibly rule out.

There was no flinching when I palpated all over her so we ruled that out

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