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post #1 of 17 Old 06-16-2011, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Question Head Throwing

Hi! My mini mare,Ruby has a head throwing problem. She always throws her head to the sides when someone is riding her. It is annoying and she doesn't focus. Especially when she is being asked to accelerate. Sometimes she throws her head up and to the side. How can I stop this?
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-16-2011, 02:06 AM
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Truthfully, she looks rather uncomfortable to me. My first guess is that either the saddle doesn't fit or she's telling you that you are too big to be riding her and you're making her back hurt.

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post #3 of 17 Old 06-16-2011, 02:10 AM
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Agreeing with Smrobs- Pain issue rather than training.

I would bring in an experienced horse owner/rider/trainer to evaluate the tack and discuss the size of the rider. It might come down to having the vet or chiropractor out to undo any damages.
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-16-2011, 04:44 AM
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Defo seems like a pain issue. MAybe left shoulder. You should prob get the usuals checked out - back, teeth, tack, feet.

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post #5 of 17 Old 06-16-2011, 07:06 AM
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I can also see a pain issue going on with your mini. Her eyes are in the telling that she is in pain.
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post #6 of 17 Old 06-16-2011, 07:43 AM
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head tossing is usually a pain related issue. And after looking at the photos, I would say yes. Tack and the size if the rider my need to be re-evaluated. You need a proper pad under a western saddle!!! And sessions of chiro or bowen to undo the damage that has already been caused.

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post #7 of 17 Old 06-16-2011, 08:21 AM
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I agree that it is most likely because she is in pain, I would have somebody come out and check your saddle fit and also a vet/chiropractor check. When riding in a western saddle it is important to use a proper western pad not just a thin english one. Hopefully all checks out and it might just be a simple fix like getting a new saddle pad. Good luck!
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Another vote for pain issue. She does not look like a happy thing.
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We can eliminate teeth and feet. Just had her feet done and the vet checked her teeth. She does the head tossing no matter the saddle or rider. I have gone through TONS of saddles. She always does this. Even in the pasture when you are attempting to catch her. The eye thing? That is typical for her. Is there a chance she is just being sassy? Because I highly doubt she is in pain. I do all the grooming and everything, she is usually never tied when groomed and saddled. She accepts the saddle. No matter english or western.
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Also, she is very ticklish around her belly, when she is asked to go faster, that involves her having her sides touched. Another reason as to why she might throw the head
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