Well, this is pretty much going to be a rant about my mare Sissy.
For the past couple of months I have been taking her out on 2-3 miles rides every night, just for a little excerise, for both of us. Just a couple weeks ago, she started this little habit of tossing (throwing) her head.
Previously, I was using a simple sweet iron snaffle. I felt that I had absolutley no control over her at all. I had been moving cows and a calf jumped thru the fence. I had to chase after it and we got to a pretty fast gallop, AND I COULDN'T STOP HER! She just kept running and running. And because she isn't really sure of her footing yet, I just knew that I would be laying on the ground in agonizing pain! ( but that didn't happen).
After that incident, I decided to switch to a bridle I had been using on my gelding. It is a simple curb bit, with the little thingy that rolls around in the middle (not sure what it's called
). Anyway, I think that it helped a little, but I have another cow moving story.
Last night we got a call that one of our bulls was in the neighbors cows. So this morning we had to go get the bull out of the cows. I took Sissy, thinking that she can gain experience from moving a bull. But the sad thing is, I think that she only learned how to run faster without stopping. I was going along fine and the bull turned back to go with the cows and I could control my horse enough to turn him around. Sissy just wouldn't go were I told her to, and she wouldn't stop running without throwing her head and nearly rearing me off.
So, I'm asking if anybody has any solutions to this problem. I thought that maybe a tie down would help the head throwing.
EDIT: I have not used the tie down yet, because I don't have one.
I thought that maybe I should throw this little bit of info in:
I do not have a vet that can come out to check if her teeth have been floated, nor can I take her in. I'm only 17, so I have to go thru my parents to do anything, and we live 30 miles from the nearest vet. So, try to give me any advice to help my situtation, because I don't have everything that I should have to keep a horse.