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    06-06-2012, 08:08 PM
Question How do I stop rushing head tossing??

I bought my mare about six months ago. She is nine years old, but she is still really green. I have been working on getting her to bring her back up and collect. One of our major issues is getting her to keep a slow and rhythmic trot. She really likes to get gradually faster, and before I know it we are racing around the arena. When I try to half halt with my outside rein, she throw her head in the air and blows a fit. I need some advice on how to keep her at a steady pace and prevent the head tossing when I try to slow her down.
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    06-06-2012, 08:16 PM
My POA had the same issue. Take her to a vet and get her back and neck checked horse had some serious proablems
    06-06-2012, 08:20 PM
Yes make sure the saddle fits and the horse is not sore. Also the horse might not like the bit! My horse was fne in the bit I was using till I asked for proper collected trot and started throwing his head etc. Changed the bit and all is fixed :)
    06-06-2012, 08:51 PM
Thanks guys! The vet was out recently to check her out and he seems to think everything is okay. Could it possibly be something to do with my hands not being steady enough? And what kind of bits would you recommend?
    06-06-2012, 09:02 PM
Don't let her get fast. Keep half halting every so often and do some figure eights or circles every now and then.

Since she is green, she may not understand what you are asking when you half halt. She MAY toss her head and brace (because tossing is a sign of discomfort and thus cannot be relaxed) because she's anticipating your strong reaction.

Walk me through the steps you do to ask her to trot, etc.

She should not be attempting to "collect" if she is still green. Work on a loose rein, w/t/c, and when she's got that down, introduce lateral movements, etc. and THEN you can consider working on using her hind and collecting up.

Collecting is VERY hard work, even a horse engaging their topline is hard work.

Don't expect so much from your horse. A tossing head tells me: "I'm not ready for this" "Slow down" "I don't know what you're telling me to do" "I don't like this" "We aren't communicating."

Just some thoughts.
    06-06-2012, 09:23 PM
She has been worked on a loose rein for quite a while now. Her previous owner started her in some dressage work, but she was not consistant enough to make much progress. She is very strong in her collection at a walk, but at the trot and canter she starts the head tossing. Before I ask her to move up a gate, I always make sure she is rythmic and relaxed in her collection. It is when I try to keep that rythm in the trot and canter that I have problems. When she starts to rush I ask her to come back down to the previous gate and then ask her forward again. She will usually hold the collection for about seven or eight strides and then she starts tossing. Do you think it is just an evasion because it is difficult for her and I should just try to be consistant in what I'm doing or should I change my methods?
    06-06-2012, 09:26 PM
Originally Posted by LizzieE    
She will usually hold the collection for about seven or eight strides and then she starts tossing. Do you think it is just an evasion because it is difficult for her and I should just try to be consistant in what I'm doing or should I change my methods?
Because it's a LOT of work, as I said before. You need to give her breaks before the head tossing starts, and slowly work up to holding it together longer. My horse is green. I like to change from put together to loose.. put together.. to loose. This happens every 5-7 strides, and then he's able to take put together for longer. I keep him focused with little exercises that work on bending and he can stay put together longer. His back muscles begin to be able to engage longer and he gains stamina as well.

What bit is she in, btw?
    06-06-2012, 09:29 PM
Right now I am using a loose ring with a french link.
    06-06-2012, 09:34 PM
Has she ever conveyed her dislike for this bit before?

Reason I ask is because horses have preference of bits and maybe she's not a fan of the tongue pressure. Was this bit measured to fit her mouth? Does she wear bit guards?
    06-06-2012, 09:37 PM
Keep in mind she may not be in condition to do this type of work and finds the slower pace tiring. She may need to build muscle to do this. Try asking for short distances then allowing her to walk. It takes almost daily riding to build the muscles to do this type of work.
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