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  • Gypsy vanner put head down and bucked
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    06-22-2009, 10:35 AM
  #11
Weanling
I would try a grazing rein. It's this thing that prevents a horse from putting his head down to graze while your on him. I would first do it on the lunge because some horses don't like it and rebel. I used to use it on a pony who had a nasty bucking problem when he got bored. We changed up our routine and stuck the grazing rein on him and it prevented him from getting his head low enough to do anything.
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    06-22-2009, 02:36 PM
  #12
Showing
Are you describing an overcheck? Something similar to what you put on a driving horse?
     
    06-22-2009, 03:02 PM
  #13
Showing
That is kinda what I was wondering. I have never seen or heard of anything like that used on a saddle horse.
     
    06-23-2009, 06:29 AM
  #14
Showing
We used to use those on ponies for the little kids. The little ones didn't have the strength or experience to stop a pony from grazing and sometimes the kids would fall over the heads of the ponies as they ducked to graze. We would attach some bailing twine from the bit, under the browband and attach to the horn on their saddle.
     
    06-23-2009, 10:23 AM
  #15
Weanling
It's called an anti-grazing rein or just a grazing rein. Generally it's for trail horses or horses that work in grass fields, but I've used it on many horses to discourage lowering their head. It's not painful, it just puts pressure on the bit to raise the head. It's good because it's constant so it teaches the horse things a person can't. There are real ones for sale all over. Centaur Anti-Grazing Device for Ponies

I know this site sells them for ponies, or you can make one. Even a western breastplate might work. We use it on a Gypsy Vanner we have. It doesn't stop him from putting his head down, but he can't put it all the way. It has been discouraging him from lowering his head and he has a very similar problem at the canter.
     
    06-24-2009, 04:05 PM
  #16
Green Broke
You do have to be careful with a grazing rein though. I use them on all my lesson horses, because we work in a grass ring with little kids. The one horse I own (not a lesson horse), that I don't use it on, it's because he panics, even if it's not really tight, because there isn't any give once they get to a point, and it freaks him out. He starts slinging his head and trying to rear. (Luckily, he doesn't need one, so it isn't an issue.) They are wonderful things, but never use one unless you've tested it out from the ground first.
     

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