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post #1 of 7 Old 12-26-2012, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Question Throwing head and Calling to other horses

Most of the time when I ride my gelding, and try to work on collection, he throws his head. Doesn't matter what bit or saddle I use. Once and a while he is perfectly collected, stretches long and low perfect and doesn't take a step wrong the entire ride. But most of the time he will fight me for a little while on collecting and low and low, give in, nothing changes (that I can see) and the he picks up his head and fights me again, and sometimes calls to the other horses at the barn. But, when I am jumping he NEVER calls and hardly ever really throws his head. Any ideas what is wrong and how to fix it? Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-26-2012, 11:01 AM
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He obviously isn't paying much attention to you when your trying to collect him...and is more intrigued when you jump. So if it were me I would warm the horse up GOOD and make sure he is focusing on what I am asking and not on what is going on around him, or what he doesn't want to do. Then when he is good and focusing I would go on with what you plan on doing with him.

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-26-2012, 02:15 PM
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When you get that unwanted behaviour make him work harder. When he lowers his head give him a breather. After 2-4 times he should have figured it out.
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^^ Ditto to the above two posters.

However, I'm always going to throw it out there that the horse should be checked by a 1) vet 2) dentist 3) chiropractor to ensure there's not some sort of pain issue, before you go and reprimand him for behavior.
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He could be bored and want more of a challenge. With my filly, whenever I am with her, she will never call to the other horses, but if she is somewhere where I am not with her, and she is not with the other horses, she will call to them.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-26-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks! How do I get him focused? I have tried bending, changing gaits every few strides, circles..... Another thing he does is in my arena we have a mounting block, 2 plastic chairs, and all the barrels, jumps, etc in a corner. He always speeds at it. I have had him 2 months and he STILL spook a it EVERY lap around the arena. He will stand next to it no problem, then all of a sudden take off. I'm pretty sure now he does it on purpose now. And every lap.... Any idea what to do? I have circled, tried tiger him focused on something else, and have no idea what to do now. Thanks!
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For a horse that isn't focusing I put them to work loping circles, randomly changing direction often, lope straght and stop hard do a few figure rights and back to circles, might also do a couple rollbacks. And it isn't just a little casual lope it is a you better focus or your gonna work hard till you do. Move his feet...once he is paying attention (he may be breathing hard and sweaty) go straight to what your asking of him. Let him know that when your riding he needs to focus on YOU and not things around. After a few days he should start figuring out that it is just easier to paying attention.
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