Getting Rid of a Head Toss?

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    07-25-2010, 09:54 PM
Getting Rid of a Head Toss?

I know there have been threads on why horses may toss their head but I need some opinons on how to get rid of it.

Let's rule out pain right now, I'm almost certain that is not the case.

I ride a friend of mine's older Arab mare and when I get on her or have her in the round pen she tosses and flips her head...a lot! Any truth to the rumor that Arabs just like to toss their heads more? How do I get rid of this behavior because honestly the owner doesn't always mind (but she only ever does trail) but I can't stand it! I'm supposed to get this mare out and exercise her but I can't be productive with an unruly head toss every 10 seconds.

Would work with a cercingle/side reins work? What should I try undersaddle?
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    07-25-2010, 10:01 PM
Try getting her back checked for soreness, and checking her teeth, she may need floating. I would Never first think of fixing a problem before ruling out those first.
    07-25-2010, 10:07 PM
I already said I'm fairly sure it's not pain.

She's well taken care of and up to date with the vet as far as the owner has told me. This mare also doesn't toss her head on trail with the owner. It's more of a "my owner let's me be lazy and only does trail with me, why should I work for you?" kind of deal.

I'll suggest chiro for the mare to the owner, but like I said she's up to date on all other vet checks.

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