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post #1 of 170 Old 05-10-2011, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Crow-Hopping Horse.

Hello. I have A Rodeo Horse that is Crow hopping. She has A tie-down and does it with or with-out one. Can you give me some tips? Also She does this during the events also.

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She is just very worked up it could be from being excited or being anxious..Both of my barrel horses crow hop a good bit but it helps if you warm your horse up away from the arena and only go near the arena when it's your time to run. My mare does it because she is excited and loves her job. Hickory hops because he makes himself anxious and it's not good for him. I keep him away from the arena as much as possible at a show until it's our turn. You need to also make sure that YOU are centered and calm. If your horse knows that you are nervous and all worked up so will s/he..Keep a calm and cool mind and don't work your horse into a mess before you run..

Also, a tie-down has nothing to do with the crow hopping..

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I Never Take Her Near The Arena Till Its Our Turn And She Does It Home Too.

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Then it could possibly be something that you are doing that works her up and gets her to that point. It would be helpful if I knew when exactly she was doing it.

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It sounds like she might just be excited during events.

You could also have a chiropractor look at her. She might be a bit out of whack and something hurts. Couldn't hurt to have her adjusted either way.
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Ok we have already had her saddle fitting checked and a chiropractor check on her and a Dentist come and see. She does it all the time at the house too and Im calm when I ride her never really worked up. She does it different times. she has more of a rearing habit though but I dont need help on that. I dont like people telling me how too handle my horse when it comes too rearing because kicking her or turning her and stuff doesnt work on her when she rears she tends too go over backwards if you kick or turn her while she rears.

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Is she crow hopping with her head down? If so dont let her get her head down. Is she doing it out of excitement or out of spite like she doesnt want to run the pattern? I had a horse that did it just so he would not have to run.

If she is picking her head up and doing it I say a war bonnet will fix that along with your raring habit. She will hit that a couple times, it will be self induced and she will quit. Its nothing you even have to do and it will not even be an issue of "you" hurt her. She will associate it with the action not you the rider...

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Thank You and she LOVESSSSSSSSSSS Too run the pattern !!!

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I agree, you could try a war bonnet. She will learn night to pull up because she is makin herself push into the war bonnet. I'm not going yell at you about the rearing. I will say that turning and kicking is NOT the way to fix rearing. The best way to fix that would be to find a way that she makes herself uncomfortable when she rears. You should work on fixing the rearing before you try fixing the crow hopping. If the rearing isn't fixed you are going to get yourself hurt.
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Or you could try the egg/water balloon trick. When they go up to rear, smash it over their head so they think they've hit their head on something hard. I've heard that works pretty well.
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