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post #1 of 18 Old 01-26-2010, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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tosses head when asked to run.

As some of you know I am a beginner at riding.
I have been working on staying in my saddle when running and especially TROTTING!

I'm curious as to why my horse Gidgit tosses her head when she runs. She only does it when I ask her. She LOVES running up hills like no other horse,haha. It's just she gets into it at first and tilts her head down and tosses it up and starts going. Someone told me she might have sore teeth but she takes the bit so easily each time so I don't think her teeth hurt. If anyone has any ideas let me know!
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-26-2010, 04:01 PM
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Are you asking from a walk or trot or has she already begun to lope when you ask for the run? Does she also sling her head when asked to go from trot to canter?

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post #3 of 18 Old 01-26-2010, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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it's when I ask her to trot and lope....walking is perfectly fine. Yesterday I was taking her for a walk down the road and I decided to have her jog with me and she didn't toss her head at all....she was fine and looked happy.
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Without seeing what she is actually doing, when, and all the other little details, I would guess that she is using her head to pick herself up because she doesn't have the impulsion needed to smoothly transition to that higher gait. I see it often on young horses who haven't figured out how to use their body yet. I would work on tons of transitions and do some smaller sized circles at a trot, try to get her working on her butt instead of the forehand. I can't say that is for sure the problem but it is the first thing that comes to mind. Having her teeth checked and feeling for back pain wouldn't hurt either.

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Well before I got her she use to do that...head toss...she grunts too.
She has more muscle up front than on her high end so I think she uses her upper body more than her back.

I will get a video...please excuse my horrid riding...still trying to stay in the saddle and leg placement.
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oh and she is 7 years old..almost 8
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It could be that she's just frisky. Annie always throws her head around when she's fresh. I've been working on getting that out of her so maybe Gidget just needs to calm down first.

She very well could be sore, too. Her back, legs, and teeth would be prime candidates for that.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #8 of 18 Old 01-30-2010, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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I personally think she is frisky because I checked for sores and pain..it could be she might need her teeth floated but she eats fine and everything..even when the bits in the both she perks her ears up and everything so I think she might be frisky because wouldn't she be expressing a lot of pain if she had the bit in her mouth..i don't perky ears and looking around means she is in pain.
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Is she 'singing' when she runs? If so, she's being frisky! If she moans, pain...listen to her body language, and watch as you go about your riding tacking up. If she's happy, she's going to tell you. If she's experiancing pain, she will not be happy with the tacking up part.

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post #10 of 18 Old 01-31-2010, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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Well I know she grunts when she walks.
She hates being saddled but I have a saddle that fits her well now unlike the other one. Some days she is good sometimes she hates it but I talked to my mom and she mentioned that she was like that with her previous owner. When I mount her she is fine..we walk and she makes a grunt noise...like a pig...sometimes it's quite and sometimes it's loud....I heard some horses do it when they are relaxed.
I don't want her to be in pain.
I would feel sooo bad!
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