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post #1 of 30 Old 06-06-2008, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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Throwing her head/ Playing with the bit.

While riding chance I noticed sometimes she will throw her head high and play with the bit, its the same motion she does when playing with the cross ties. Any way to get her to stop! Its soo annoying, My hands will get pulled and sometimes will throw me off blance. DUring the winter she use to throw her head cause he nose was running and it must have been bothering but now it seems like she's playing with the bit. My trainer tries to tell me to see saw on her mouth and I don't want to do that since I've seen what it can do!

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post #2 of 30 Old 06-06-2008, 07:50 AM
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See saw?? OMG no!!! Don't do that!! What is your trainer thinking!!! That will just panic her and make her worse! I would get her checked out by the vet, maybe it could be a bit of headshaking. But you are right in not see sawing, that is the worst thing you could do.

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When were her teeth last checked. Rule this out first.
Rather than trying to hold her with both reins when she does this put more pressure on one. This is harder for them to resist.
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post #4 of 30 Old 06-06-2008, 08:29 AM
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Re: Throwing her head/ Playing with the bit.

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While riding chance I noticed sometimes she will throw her head high and play with the bit, its the same motion she does when playing with the cross ties. Any way to get her to stop! Its soo annoying, My hands will get pulled and sometimes will throw me off blance. DUring the winter she use to throw her head cause he nose was running and it must have been bothering but now it seems like she's playing with the bit. My trainer tries to tell me to see saw on her mouth and I don't want to do that since I've seen what it can do!

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I bet your trainer means light squeezes with your fingers one side at a time, kind of a "see-saw" motion but really your just giving the slightest amounts of play... not quite a half halt but a little motion...
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I would get her teeth check to make sure there is nothing bothering her.
Does she do this at the walk, trot, canter? Or is it a certain gait?
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I think when she meant see-sawing is gently half-halting with one side than the other.

How is Chance's teeth? Could they be too long and that is causing it?
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post #7 of 30 Old 06-06-2008, 12:05 PM
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I'd get her teeth checked.
But also, are you moving your hands a lot when you ride her? Keep your hands low & steady. ;) Lexi used to have this problem awhile back, but I've learned to keep my hands nice & quiet- ta-daa, no more problems!

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post #8 of 30 Old 06-06-2008, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Before I knew what see sawing did I use to do it when she told me and she means see saw back and forth on the mouth a few times. And Im not ruling this out but I don't beleive its her teeth because 1. Sometimes she just does it when were standing and the reins are loose. I don't move my hands at all really unless if Im cooling down and I follow the motion of her movements sometimes but when riding I don't think I do. But Either she does it at a walk or just standing at a trot she usually keeps her head steady.
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I think there's a chance it might be her teeth. Like if you have a really bad toothache, it's going to hurt you whether you're standing still or running a marathon.
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post #10 of 30 Old 06-06-2008, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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When she trots she doesnt do it at all. And she eats fine nothing falls out of her mouth. People tell me if food or water just fall out of there mouth then there teeth need to be floated and I always watch to make sure. Unlike a ton of the other horses it all just falls out.
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