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post #1 of 13 Old 08-24-2011, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Horse turning her head wierd under saddle?

We just got an OTTB last week.

She's green broke, but very responsive to everything I ask. You wouldn't be able to tell that she was as green as she is by the way she acts.

I lunge her before every time I ride her, she's great! She trots and canters when I ask her to without hesitation. She'll walk when I ask the first time, she changes direction perfectly.

Last Friday when I rode her though she did something odd that she's never done before. That was my 3rd time riding her.

She was fine at first then all of a sudden she turned her head sideways for no reason. As the training went on, it seemed to become more frequent.

She ALWAYS turns her head to the inside when she does this head movement.

I've tried using less inside rein and more outside, but she'll continue this head thing and then she gives me her head and she looks great. I'll praise her then she'll go right back to doing this head thing.

I've started doing circles every time she does this. I'll circle her in the direction her head is going. It seemed to work at first but now she does it while circling.

It's not the saddle, I've checked, double checked, and triple checked, it fits her great.
I've changed bits, because the one before was a bit too severe for her soft mouth. She's ridden with this bit now the riding session before Fridays and she didn't do this head thing.

Any suggestions on how to deal with this, or what could be causing it?
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-24-2011, 01:00 PM
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My friend's OTTB does that from time to time... I don't know why, so I'm also interested in opinions. :)

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My 1st thought would be something bothering her, maybe something in her ear or needing a chiro adjustment
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-24-2011, 02:37 PM
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To the inside - going both directions?
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To the inside - going both directions?
Yeah.

I started counter clockwise and she did it.

Changed to clockwise and she continued doing it.

It started off every now and then, but it's gotten more frequent.

I kept up with the training in case she was trying to do it so I'd stop and get off her. She didn't seem in pain either.

I will def. Check her ears and get a chiro out to see her when he comes for the other horses.
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Everytime my horse starts to do that it's the saddle. I used to try all sorts of things now I hop off, take the saddle/pad off and put back on. Problem fixed, obviously something just wasn't sitting right as far as my horse was concerned.
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Everytime my horse starts to do that it's the saddle. I used to try all sorts of things now I hop off, take the saddle/pad off and put back on. Problem fixed, obviously something just wasn't sitting right as far as my horse was concerned.

I'll def. give that a shot. It's every time, so I'll get off, and move everything around. If that's the case she could just be picky on where she likes everything to be placed on her.
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My friend's wb/tb does that too. I just add leg and push her from behind and she stops. She also did it pretty frequently when she needed her teeth floated.. so maybe its that?

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post #9 of 13 Old 08-24-2011, 10:33 PM
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Try her in a knotted halter. It could be tooth issues.
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Truthfully? It sounds to me like a pretty typical green horse thing. Many greenies will go through a stage like that, especially if you are riding a ton of circles on them. I have found the best cure is to take them out somewhere where you can trot/lope in a straight line and pretty much stay completely out of their face for a while. Once they figure out going straight on a straight line, their circles get much better and they tend to stay between your reins better.

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