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epjjensen 12-05-2012 07:22 PM

Help! My horse throws his head at home = at the shows!
 
Hey! my horse spartan always throws his head!
I try to pull back on the reins a bit but he just keeps doing it!
I don't think it is the bit, because he does'nt seem to show any other
signs that he does'nt like it or is in pain! it is just a -i think a eggbutt snaffle?
please give advice!:wink:

Kayty 12-05-2012 07:50 PM

When was the last time his teeth were professionally attended to?

Quit pulling back on the reins - this puts pressure on the bars of his mouth, and the joint in your snaffle will push up into the roof of his mouth. Riders pulling on the reins or jabbing the horse in the mouth is a sure fire way of getting them to toss their head.

OliviaMyee 12-05-2012 07:58 PM

If your horse has had his teeth floated recently it could be how you hold the reins and use them... When i was having a private lesson the instructor kept telling me to half halt (pull one rein) to have him in a dressage frame. Slip kept throwing his head up not because he is disrespectful but because he was reacting from pain now i don't have halt at all to get a frame i just have contact. Try and be more aware with what you do with your reins, and don't let him pull the reins out of your hand or he will develop a habit of leaning against you and throwing his head up. Thats just my experience with head tossing it was my fault all along, so just keep aware of what you are doing with your reins being to harsh is awful, and letting him lean and pull the reins out of your hand can develop bad habits.

Nickers2002 12-05-2012 09:19 PM

Does he snort and sneeze too? I ask because my gelding does and he was diagnosed with photic head shaking syndrome this summer. A riding fly mask does the trick ;)

Prinella 12-05-2012 09:21 PM

I'd say you need to spend some time with a trainer and develop the correct contact. Fixed my problems

smrobs 12-05-2012 09:29 PM

I second what Kayty said, first step is to have his teeth double checked.

After that, you need to look at it like a training issue. Like Kayty said, stop pulling on him. Does he still toss his head if you ride him on the buckle or does he only do it when you take up contact?

Saddlebag 12-05-2012 10:32 PM

It can also be an evasion tactic. Try bracing your hands against the front of the saddle with one rein a little shorter. Let him punish himself. If you have to, grab some mane and hold on tight. Hopefully he won't pull the reins out of your hands and it also prevents you from pulling back inadvertently.

Kayty 12-05-2012 10:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OliviaMyee (Post 1786264)
If your horse has had his teeth floated recently it could be how you hold the reins and use them... When i was having a private lesson the instructor kept telling me to half halt (pull one rein) to have him in a dressage frame. Slip kept throwing his head up not because he is disrespectful but because he was reacting from pain now i don't have halt at all to get a frame i just have contact. Try and be more aware with what you do with your reins, and don't let him pull the reins out of your hand or he will develop a habit of leaning against you and throwing his head up. Thats just my experience with head tossing it was my fault all along, so just keep aware of what you are doing with your reins being to harsh is awful, and letting him lean and pull the reins out of your hand can develop bad habits.

I'm glad to hear that you stopped riding a half halt by pulling on one rein - as that is definitely not a half halt. A half halt is ridden through your seat and leg to encourage the horse to lower its haunches and rebalance - pulling on the reins is counter productive ;)

Basically, you can let your hands go forward, up and sideways, but never backwards. Any pulling back on the reins and you will be causing blockages and discomfort to your horse.

equiniphile 12-05-2012 10:49 PM

Check saddle fit as well. Head tossing is often a reaction to back pain.

justinebee 12-06-2012 02:51 AM

it could be a foreword issue as well. if he is throwing his head around, and it isn't a mouth or saddle issue, i'd say the horse is backed up and you need to drive it foreward and out of his funk.

and like they all said as well, stop yanking on it's mouth when he does this with his head-it'll only worsen the problem..


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