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post #1 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Head Bobbing

I have 21 yr. Old mare. Trail ride ,drill competetion, and parades. When in group she will start bobbing head and pulling reins threw my hands. Although not consistent I have tried snapping reins back,keeping a firmer hand on reinsand pulling only one rein to side.Teeth are floated regularily, and use snaffle bit.
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 05:44 PM
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Could it be that in a group of horses, you ride differently? More than likely, you are the problem here. Snapping the reins back isn't the solution to something that's likely a bit issue.

On the other hand, if this is huge bobbing (when standing still), you need to tighten your core and sit up, while holding the reins firmly but gently in your hands.

And it could also be pain related.

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Head bobbing

Thanks good idea. I read another article on line and suspect I am too heavy handed and need to loosen head stall and consequently snaffle bit will be less severe for her.
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Have you thought about trying a double-jointed snaffle?

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Head tossing can also be a sign of dominance in horses, is it possible she is trying to let the other horses know they shouldn't mess with her?
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What happens if you give her a longer rein?

My mare used to do this a lot, only in groups, especially if others in the group were going faster than her, she would do this dumb little jiggy trot thing and try to yank the reins out of my hands. I would give her more rein and she would take off. At the time, this behavior made me nervous, so I tensed up and held on too much.

Relax, let go, put leg on. Easier said than done, right? This wouldn't work for drill team, but on a trail ride, try leg yielding side to side, serpentine, shoulder-ins to get her attention back on you. When you give her a long rein and she walks out quietly, praise her profusely.

My mare and I go all over now, and I mostly trail ride on her on the buckle if we are at the walk (I still trot and canter on contact, she is an eventer/dressage horse). And stay super relaxed in the saddle, it helps her so much.
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Firstly, check back and saddle fit...

It could be a multitude of things

You tensing up, or riding differently,
Her being tired as she's getting on
A lack of respect
Or pain.
Does she bob on a loose rein too, or only on contact?
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Head tossing can also be a sign of dominance in horses, is it possible she is trying to let the other horses know they shouldn't mess with her?
Agree. Does she also pin the ears?

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Firstly, check back and saddle fit...

It could be a multitude of things

You tensing up, or riding differently,
Her being tired as she's getting on
A lack of respect
Or pain.
Does she bob on a loose rein too, or only on contact?
on loose rein also. I have new saddle pad and repadded english sadddle.I read on line about this and I am going to tryloosening bridle and cosequently bit.
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Thank you.I am going to try loosening bridle and bit, less reins and more leg cues.
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