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post #1 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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tossing head while getting tacked up...

So my half-lease occasionally tosses her head up when i've got her in cross ties while grooming. I've been riding her almost a year and I don't think I've ever had this problem really. I just started half-leasing her last week so I'm riding her an extra 2 times a week plus a lesson every week. She's just starting to toss her head up and down a lot during grooming and tacking up. What does this mean and what should I do?
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 10:21 AM
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Mine started tossing her head when I would hitch her to the cart. I got a different saddle and she stopped. If the saddle isn't the issue she might need a chiro adjustment.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 10:25 AM
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Pay close attention to what you're doing when she tosses her head. For example, is it when you are brushing her sides? Her belly? She may have pain the area that should be checked out.
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I may have to look in to that the next time I see her. I just assumed it was because she was hating standing there and it was a way of fidgeting? She can get impatient it seems
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It could also be fidgeting :)
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Has she always been put in cross ties to groom and tack up? Some horses are fine in them and others not so much...just a thought. Perhaps also get a vet to check her over for any soreness or stiffness.
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Yup I've been grooming and tacking up in cross ties since I started to learn to ride last year. I just don't ever remember her tossing her head that much until now.
Do you think she could just be testing me? I won't see her until monday but when I do I will check her over. Thanks for the replies guys!
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I wouldn't say testing you but she's definitely being fussy. Impatience or discomfort/pain are the most probable reasons for it, IMO.
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Well, I did take her away from her hay.. She had just been fed like an hour prior.
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 11:04 AM
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Well.... pulling her away from her meal might have something to do with it.
I'm sure there will be disagreements here...I don't want to interrupt meal time unless it is really necessary. I want them to eat their meal and drink and then work, if that's the program. Meal time is kind of a big deal to most horses.
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