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post #11 of 19 Old 02-04-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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To both Creampuff and Cascanastargazer; thank you for the detailed advise !
What I meant by not hurting her... I guess I phrased that wrong. I know I won't hurt her unless I really mean to. Which I would never. But I meant that I wouldn't like her to desensitize. I do hope that's the right word... I mean I've learned from a friend who's been riding all her life which is about 20 years, that when she keeps her head up too high or tosses her head to keep the reigns very tight and not lose like you usually do when western riding and hold one close to get her in circles, basically like Creampuff explained.
I think you are right with the guess that she's playing with me and it is a respect issue. As I'm still rather new to this, I find it hard to find the right way to show who's in charge. But I'll get around it with a teacher !
Thanks everyone for the replies, it really helps !!
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-04-2011, 12:26 PM
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my gelding used to toss his head really bad after cutting his tongue so i had to stop riding until it healed but even after he still tossed his head. what i had to do was every time he tossed i would hold one rein tight and push him into a circle or change of direction or whatever. it only took 2 or 3 rides to fix and he hasn't done it since. as for on the ground when i have him loose in the ring or even if he's in the field or walking from one end of his run to the other he kindove does a sort of head toss every once in a while as well. i have had him for 7 years and he has always done this. i don't worry about it.
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post #13 of 19 Old 02-04-2011, 12:41 PM
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OP, I suggest that you ask the gal who horse didn't toss her head with about it!

She knows the horse, has interacted with her, so is by far in the best position to help you!

If she's unavailable to help for some reason, please get an experienced horseperson to take a look at her in the flesh & to watch you ride her!

Something's making horse unhappy & it needs to be fixed asap. (Usually, with a new rider, it's holding the rein too tight! I'd go down to the buckle with her, in a smaller arena if needed, & just develop your independent seat, starting at a walk. Let her walk where she wants, take your hands off rein & V them over the base of her neck.)

She'll probably still toss her head at first, due to the emotional baggage, but when she no longer feels you on her mouth, she'll stop tossing.

If it happens this way, you'll know what the problem was. Good Luck to both of you!

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post #14 of 19 Old 02-25-2011, 07:55 PM
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I haven't really read any of the other posts so I may be saying the same thing as someone else! I've rode a lot of horses that toss their heads and when I loosened the reins that always helped! So maybe your riding with a tight rein and it is bugging her. Good luck!:)
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I don't have many details about how your mare acts and this is proably has nothing to do with the tossing but I just want to add my gelding started tossing his head back in the summer leading to many yanks on the rein..It just made everything worse and he still would not stop. One day the Vet came out and watch his head tossing and diagnosed him with Equine Head Shaking Syndrome..I did research on this syndrome before the vet came out and watching videos and researching I thought it was this but then the vet finally also said that....but the problem is this syndrome is caused by more then 60 causes being neurological or even sensitivty to wind and light. How old is the mare? The average age for a horse to develop this is at 8-10...which my gelding was 8.... But like I said your horse proably does not have this but I just wanted to add this information.

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post #16 of 19 Old 03-25-2011, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Hero,
this is a very late reply but... Thanks for your input, and to all the others, thanks as well.
My mare isn't my mare anymore, which was pretty hard on me but she's in good hands. So it's ok :)
I've been riding different horses in lessons, one mare did the same things but I just had to keep to reign lose like 'love my cowboy' said. I've become more and more confident and my riding's improved and I don't have that problem with any of the horses. I can only assume that that might've been the problem with lizzy, but I don't think so. Doesn't matter too much now I guess ! Thanks for your reply though, it'll help me and readers in future
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post #17 of 19 Old 03-25-2011, 12:22 PM
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Just wanted to ad, sometimes a horse will toss their head because of the bit fitting poorly or if they need their teeth done. I would double check both those to be sure you aren't accidently making your horse 'smile' with your bridle/ bit, or that there aren't any barbs on their teeth.

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post #18 of 19 Old 03-25-2011, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by caballero View Post
but I just had to keep to reign lose ... I've become more and more confident and my riding's improved and I don't have that problem with any of the horses. I can only assume that that might've been the problem with lizzy, but I don't think so. Doesn't matter too much now I guess !
Yes, you just had to keep your reins loose.
Yes, your riding's improved.
Yes, that was the problem with lizzy. No assumptions, no guesses.
Yes, it matters totally. You need to understand what you did wrong with lizzy, or you'll do it to another horse(s).
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post #19 of 19 Old 03-31-2011, 10:36 PM
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Have you had her checked out? Something could be bothering her. SHe may not like the bit you have. My horse would test me and toss his head, he stopped very fast after I made it clear that it wasn't ok. He still tosses his head whenever I pull back on the reigns with a bit so I just use a hackamore.
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