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    10-20-2009, 11:28 PM
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Head Flinging

I have a 10 year old hunt pony that has started head flinging really badly. This is an issue he had when I bought him as a 4 year old and it was because he came from some pretty rough cowboy type riders. They used a double twisted wire on his mouth. After a long year of work he stopped his head flinging and was riding nicely in a snaffle. He kind of got thrown out to pasture for about a year and then I started letting some people ride him. One of the riders was pretty heavy handed. I'm not sure she rode him enough to cause an issue like this.

I have the vet coming out on Friday to check/float teeth. I do think it's a possibility because when I was looking at his teeth tonight a couple of them looked pretty sharp. I also think he's trying to avoid the bit because I rode him tonight in a slow twist w/ barely any rein contact (Just a little play here and there to help w/ speed as he was riding very much on the forehand and racey). He kept opening his mouth (I think to avoid the bit) and he was head flinging.

I don't think it's a back soreness issue but like I said, vet coming friday to do floatings on a couple horses so it won't hurt to let them have a look see. I have actually ridden him in a poor fitting saddle before so I don't think my saddles are an issue (he has gained alot of weight though).

I know the easy thing to do would be to slap a port bit in his mouth and roll with it but I want to fix him correctly. We've had to go back to the basics with halts and backs and just four or five strides at the canter to a halt because he's so racey right now and he has just about completely lost his whoa. So we have a lot of work ahead of us but I could really use some advice on the gaping mouth and the head flinging if anyone has any thoughts... I am willing to switch out the bit for something even milder or maybe something with a "play toy" if it really could be the problem. I think some is attitude, some is teeth, and some is that he's gotten away with it for a while.... Just need to fix now....

Thanks in advance.
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    10-21-2009, 12:46 AM
I'm betting it's his teeth.
    10-21-2009, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
I'm betting it's his teeth.
Fingers crossed...
    10-23-2009, 03:54 PM
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K. Got a new bit. A french link. Seems to be a little better. The vet came out today and floated. She also put a "bit seat" in his mouth hoping that will help. Another thing, he had a loose wolf toothe. (he's 10!!!). Must have never gotten it pulled, not sure how that got missed! Bad mommy... anyway, got the wolf tooth pulled and he had really sharp canines... filed those down too...

Hope to see a difference! Next thing to check will be for TMJ. Will give it about 3 weeks...
    10-23-2009, 08:21 PM
Oh no.....not a bit seat. That completely screws up the acclusion in the horse's mouth. Hopefully for your horse it's not that bad and will grow back.

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