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post #1 of 40 Old 01-07-2014, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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High Headed Horse

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My 16hh paint has the bad habit of getting all high headed at times, and hollowing his back out and I know that's not very good for him. I don't want to get him to put it down by just see-sawing it into place, because that's just a temporary fix.
My trainer and I are working with him using Buck Brannaman exercises, and she is saying that the headset, and collection will come with balance and with relaxation (Since he's got some anxiety issues I'm pretty sure)
He is an old roping horse that I'm turning into a hunter, and to take to the occasional gymkhana (for fun)
I need some ideas on how to help him achieve that long and low headset, like exercises that encourage it, things I could even do on the ground. Anything would be helpful!
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post #2 of 40 Old 01-07-2014, 11:10 PM
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If he's an already broke horse, he has some training holes and your trainer is right. He is hiking up the head because he's nervous or uncomfortable.

Relaxation will take time and a certain level of comfort and confidence. I'd say put him on the lunge for awhile until he's relaxed and confident with that. You can do small voltes on the ground, walking or trotting, and ask with a little contact and pressure for the correct bend/flexion. This will easily translate to the saddle to get the same. Then, check your saddle fit and ask from there :)

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If he's an already broke horse, he has some training holes and your trainer is right. He is hiking up the head because he's nervous or uncomfortable.

Relaxation will take time and a certain level of comfort and confidence. I'd say put him on the lunge for awhile until he's relaxed and confident with that. You can do small voltes on the ground, walking or trotting, and ask with a little contact and pressure for the correct bend/flexion. This will easily translate to the saddle to get the same. Then, check your saddle fit and ask from there :)

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Thank you!
Yes, he does have some holes in his training, but he's come so far from where he was when I got him. I think I'm just getting a little bit impatient waiting for this perfect, constant headset to come.
I will just have to force myself to be patient, try the lunging exercise, and keep up what I'm doing!
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Could also be doing this because of rider mechanics, if your hands are not steady, jiggle, bounce, that could cause this.

Horse could also be sore too and is trying to alleviate pain. Saddle might be aggravating him, bit?

Could have all sorts of things going on.

Do you have a video of you riding him?
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Could also be doing this because of rider mechanics, if your hands are not steady, jiggle, bounce, that could cause this.

Horse could also be sore too and is trying to alleviate pain. Saddle might be aggravating him, bit?

Could have all sorts of things going on.

Do you have a video of you riding him?
Thanks for bringing up those points, hmm, my trainer has always said I have lovely quiet hands. So I don't think that's the issue, and his saddle is a flex tree, so I think it fits. I don't have a video right now. But I'll find one on the computer or take one next time I ride him and post it! Thanks for the response.
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The link below does a great job of dissecting a flex saddle. I have no objection to flex saddles, but some can cause problems.



http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/ind...t-a-flex-tree/
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The link below does a great job of dissecting a flex saddle. I have no objection to flex saddles, but some can cause problems.



http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/ind...t-a-flex-tree/
Hmm interesting article! I doubt his saddle is causing problems though, I had it professionally fitted and everything
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When was the last time he had his teeth checked?
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When was the last time he had his teeth checked?
June. His teeth are good. Vet said they looked great when he came out to give him his rabies shot the other day.
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What kind of bit are you riding him in?
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