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    12-04-2008, 08:28 AM
  #1
Weanling
qh/mustang throwing his head

I went yesterday and looked at a qh/mustang horse for my daughter for Christmas, and the only problem was him throwing his head around, it wasn't no worse than my arabian when I got him,(he isnt doing it anymore because he gets handled everyday)So my question is... Is it because he isn't getting much human contact on a dialy basis or improper training, when riding him he only did it once with me and when I brought the reins down he lowered his head right away.The lady doesnt live on the property with them so I think the only time she is over there is for feedings and when she isn't working.Anyone have any suggestions? Btw he is 10 yrs. Old and we rode him with halter and reins bareback.
     
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    12-04-2008, 11:26 AM
  #2
Weanling
Ok, I guess no one has any suggestions
     
    12-04-2008, 11:31 AM
  #3
Banned
Well I thought it might be due to his mouth...but then you said he was being ridden in a halter.

I'd check for tenderness on his back.
Also, how does he react with just the halter on...without someone on him? Does he head-toss also? If yes, probably he doesn't like that on his face.

What type of halter are you using? A Nylon one? Nylon ones tend to be really bulky and heavier than rope halters. You might wanna give a rope halter a try.
     
    12-04-2008, 11:48 AM
  #4
Weanling
Well I do know he possibly needs a float,but we were riding halter and reins only. It is a nylon halter and I didnt notice any head tossing when she brought him out on lead rope,I did check his back and it seemed to be fine, we did ride bareback, he seemed to be fine with just the halter and no one riding him.I know when I got my Arabian horse he did the head tossing ALOT, but now that he is handled everyday it's not a problem, so I'm wondering if it comes down too that, not being handled on a daily basis
     
    12-04-2008, 12:49 PM
  #5
Yearling
Sometimes I see head tossing just as a defiance to being ridden. If he has not been ridden much this could be why. Do you know if he has always done it?
     
    12-04-2008, 01:31 PM
  #6
Trained
Be careful with rope halters too. They can actually be very severe.
It could be because of lack of riding. Just his way of saying "Sorry lady, I rather not work today!"
How old is he? He could be confused about being ridden in a halter. I know mine thinks halter = graze bridle = work.
Did you watch the owner ride? Maybe he is just objecting to your style of riding (nothing against you) because he is used to something else? You said that when you lowered the reins, he dropped his head. Maybe he is just used to being ridden on a really loose rein?
     
    12-04-2008, 01:33 PM
  #7
Weanling
As far as I know yes I think he has when he is being ridden, but he also isnt handled much, him and two other horses are on a empty one acre lot, no house, so the owner only goes out to feed and ride when she has time.
     
    12-04-2008, 01:40 PM
  #8
Trained
My qh gelding is like that.
On the ground, no head tossing, but when you ride, he'll toss his head a few times. He wasn't being ridden if a few years and was just used to doing whatever he wanted to.
Even when his old owner rode him, he did it.

When I was working him consistently, it went away. Though now that I haven't it has come back.

Maybe see if you can work with him for a few times and see if it improves at all.
     
    12-04-2008, 01:50 PM
  #9
Weanling
I am going to try to work with him as much as possible, but remember this is a horse I want to purchase and I only have til Saturday because someone else is coming out to buy him if I don't. So I need to know that it will go away if worked with. Thanks
     
    12-04-2008, 02:00 PM
  #10
Trained
I would really think it would go away with consistent work.
Though this is just based off of what you have said.
     

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