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    01-18-2008, 11:35 PM
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Foal
My horse never keeps his head straight when im riding him!!!

Hi everyone, Im new to this website. I have a horse called Chester that as abit of a problem, when I am troting and cantering he turns his head one way while his body is cantering in a straight line. I really need some help with this, Im 14 and this is my first time owning a horse and Im hoping to show next year. Thanks!
     
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    01-19-2008, 04:37 AM
  #2
Banned
Maybe you could post a picture or video so we could see exactly what he is doing?
     
    01-19-2008, 08:42 AM
  #3
Showing
Hi Emma I move your post to horse training. You should get more responses here.
I have to ask what are you doing when he turns his head? Is your attention being drawn elsewhere or are you concentrating straight ahead?
     
    01-19-2008, 01:45 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
Hi Emma I move your post to horse training. You should get more responses here.
I have to ask what are you doing when he turns his head? Is your attention being drawn elsewhere or are you concentrating straight ahead?

My attention is where I want him to go. When he is turning his head I have to open the other rein so he will turn his head back to straight but he just moves his body to the side I open, his head doesnt follow. It really does get quite annoying after a while.
     
    01-19-2008, 06:30 PM
  #5
Foal
Do you have a trainer? This is a problem that would need help of someone who will teach you to use your aids properly, plus just starting out a trainer is a must.
     
    01-19-2008, 06:46 PM
  #6
Foal
Could be a muscle disorder.
We have a horse like that where I work and it's been narrowed down to the fact that his muscles haven't been built up properly, so in turn he holds his head sideways.

Could possibly be sore if he holds it straight.
I'd be looking at getting masseuse.
Preferably deep tissue one =]
     
    01-19-2008, 07:11 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by quixotesoxs
Do you have a trainer? This is a problem that would need help of someone who will teach you to use your aids properly, plus just starting out a trainer is a must.
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Hmmmm over hear your looking at hundreds and hundereds of dollars to get a trainer in.
     
    01-19-2008, 07:23 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Emma7442
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Originally Posted by quixotesoxs
Do you have a trainer? This is a problem that would need help of someone who will teach you to use your aids properly, plus just starting out a trainer is a must.
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Hmmmm over hear your looking at hundreds and hundereds of dollars to get a trainer in.
I know it's tough, but even just taking one lesson will help you ride more properly. There are a lot of videos and stuff to help, too.
     
    01-19-2008, 08:14 PM
  #9
Showing
If he is a young horse, his attention may just be wandering. Watch your legs,hands,body so that you are straight Make sure you aren't giving him a cue without knowing it. When he turns his attention away from the direction you are going you might try just giving a little tug on the reins to get his mind back on the direction you are going.
     
    01-19-2008, 11:52 PM
  #10
Foal
He could be having a balance problem. Or joint problems. Some horses will contemplate for whats bothering them by tipping their nose.head into them self's because it makes it easier for them to go. Have your very check him before you go into training. If the vet clears him. I agree get a trainer- or at least some lessons. It's a lot harder for you to learn without help. And forums wont help much unless someone can see you riding your horse and you know exactly what that person is saying.

Good luck with your horse.
     

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