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    01-24-2009, 10:49 PM
Starting from scratch>>>:-(

Im trying to start Poco from scratch because of some issues I have been having with him lately. I need some advice for getting him to work off his hind quarters. Right now I am only w/t him in the round pen as he can't canter in there because his stride is too long. I've been working with him on lateral flexion, w/t, backing, and standing still. When backing I am trying to get him used to the weight in my saddle shifting insted of just pulling back on the reins. He's doing okay but he is extremely stubburn right now. We are making progress. Slowly but surely. I wont take him out into the arena for another five or six rides if he is doing okay. I need to get him working off his hindquarters though and he just isnt wanting to do it.
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    01-24-2009, 10:57 PM
Oh and....what is the deal with him wanting to put his head extremely low to the ground. Its annoying and it really strains my arms
    01-24-2009, 11:08 PM
Backing. Lots and lots of backing before you start trotting/cantering gets his back end under him. Make sure his shoulders are elevated and not dropped, and he isn't dropping a hip/rib cage/shoulder to either the outside or the inside. That's all I can really explain from what I do.

As for his head, don't let him put it so low... other than that, I'm not quite sure what to do about it.

    01-26-2009, 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
oh and....what is the deal with him wanting to put his head extremely low to the ground. Its annoying and it really strains my arms
My gelding used to do that to me all the time. My trainer told me it was his way of bracing and trying to make me hold his front end up when I was asking him to work. What she had me do was "drop" his head and push him out to the bit, then start working on getting him back on the bridle.
    01-26-2009, 09:08 AM
There are quite a few reasons why a horse would want to drop his head but in every situation it comes down to the fact that it's just rude and he shouldn't be doing it. There are about as many ways to fix this as there reasons why he may do it. I find that the simplist and often most effective way to get a horse to pick it's head up are half halts. As soon as he drops his head and starts leaning on your hands give him a strong half halt while keeping your leg on him and it should kind of startle him into picking his head up. Another way to do it is asking him to come up into the bridle and onto the bit as you would in dressage. Anyways, hope that helps
    01-26-2009, 02:14 PM
Something else I thought about....Could this be because of his teeth? They are getting floated in february and he's getting his sheath cleaned to. This thursday he's getting new shoes. I switched farriers, again.....This guy is suppose to be one of the best in North Carolina. So, I will hold him to his work. I am taking before and after pictures to cause I want your alls opinion. But anyway. I used to use a tie down to keep him from putting his head down but I want him to 'know' he's not suppose to do it and not just a restrant.
    01-26-2009, 04:06 PM
Originally Posted by xeventer17    
There are quite a few reasons why a horse would want to drop his head but in every situation it comes down to the fact that it's just rude and he shouldn't be doing it.
They will also do that if their back is giving them grief. It's their way of stretching the back. So it may not be due to him being rude or naughty, it could be pain or stiffness.
    01-27-2009, 06:46 PM
I rode yesterday and he done it a couple times on the lunge line and I pushed him forward, he immediately picked his headup and moved on and then he didnt do it at all undersaddle. The reason I was worried about him putting his head down was because of his back however, I had 3 vets and 4 trainers from different areas out and he got the same diagnosis from everyone so....Hes just going to have to toughen up and work it out.

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