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post #1 of 6 Old 01-24-2009, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Head bobbing/shaking?

Murray was ridden in a group lesson with 3 other horses yesterday. Normally, I'd ride him alone, or with one other horse.

Now, he head bobs/shakes while ridden. I have checked him over and there are no signs of soreness or stiffness that could cause this. He is now being lunged in both directions before each lesson.

Could this be a sign of stress? Thanks.

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-24-2009, 06:25 PM
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I don't think it's really stress. He could be a little bit herd sour. Have you recently changed tack or bits? Are you the only one who rides him? Have you done something new with him (changed from pleasure to jumping, etc)? You might try riding him on a rein that is just a little looser than what he is used to and see if that helps.

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I don't think it's really stress. He could be a little bit herd sour. Have you recently changed tack or bits? Are you the only one who rides him? Have you done something new with him (changed from pleasure to jumping, etc)? You might try riding him on a rein that is just a little looser than what he is used to and see if that helps.
No, the bit is the same D-ring he was ridden in before I got him. He was a western-trained, but I ride english so I'm switching him over to that. I did ride him in a loose rein that day, he did good, but I did shorten abit.

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He may just not be used to direct contact and it will probably take him some time to learn to travel on the bit.

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It's probably just because he's not used to the switch in tack and the way english tack's bridles apply different pressures to the bit. His mouth may become a bit sore. Just go back to riding him alone until he has plenty of time to adjust to the tack switch.
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Usually when a horse bobs or shakes his head excessively, he is indicating some sort of lameness, but you said he doesn't seem sore, so I'm really not sure. I would try getting someone to hand-trot him in front of you on a hard surface (without tack) and see if he still does it. This way you can see for sure if he's lame or not.

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