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post #1 of 4 Old 09-25-2011, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Throwing head up at walk

Hi everybody, I'm new to this forum so just a bit of background before my question. I live on a farm in South Africa and currently own eleven horses, soon to be 12, one of my mares went for a visit to a friends' farm and came back pregnant.
My problem is with my 20 year old SA Boerperd Gelding. I bought him about five years ago off a lady whose daughter used him mainly for short distance endurance and mounted games. When they weren't riding him he was used as a cow pony by the workers. I use him mainly for trail riding and once on a while he gets to go gateher cows which he seems to like a lot better than trail riding. (I'm starting to look for my ideal trail horse). The thing with Hans is he hates walking on the trial. As soon as we start walking it's not long before he starts nodding his head. He just throws his nose up a little as if he wants longer reins, but no matter how long i make his reins it never seems to be enough. He's fine if we're cantering or trotting. What can it be and what can I do to stop him?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-25-2011, 05:27 PM
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Could be saddle fit , the bit , heavy hands , or his teeth ? I'm dealing with something like this with my mare . Turns out it's my riding . I have discovered that I have heavy hands .

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-25-2011, 06:45 PM
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You could try a running martingale or string martingale for the head bobbing habbit. I would start with having teeth check though. If you already perceptive enough to know that the horse likes working cows better than trail riding, then it's possibly just a habbit from boredom (if that's the case, I'd go with the martingale, its a bad habit to get into and needs to be stopped.)

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-25-2011, 07:34 PM
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My horse was doing the same thing, but doesn't do it anymore. It sounds like your horse just needs more cantering time. If he likes to work and have a job, he probably just needs to stretch his legs more often. My QH was tossing his head when we'd walk down the trail, it started to seem like he was asking to go faster, because he wouldn't do it when we'd trot or canter. Once I started to work him more at the trot and canter - the head tossing totally stopped. Now he is more content to just walk when I want to go on a lazy trail. Try working him more/harder for a week or two and see if the head tossing stops.
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