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post #1 of 5 Old 07-15-2020, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Horse lowers head after jumping

I’m borrowing a horse I rode years ago and we just started jumping again today. The jumps aren’t huge, I would estimate around 2 feet. He charges pretty fast when he gets close and after he lands he lowers his head and takes a couple crow-hoppy strides but nothing huge. He has not jumped in 2 years, farrier says he has good strong feet and he is not sore at all doing anything flat. I may be overthinking it and my best guess is that he’s just feeling playful and fresh or maybe unbalanced considering how fast he’s taking them but I want to be able to rule out pain. What are some indicators I can look for?
For reference I don’t ride in a saddle or bridle, just a neckrope
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-15-2020, 01:45 AM
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Sounds to me as if he is really enjoying himself!
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He charges pretty fast when he gets close and after he lands he lowers his head and takes a couple crow-hoppy strides but nothing huge.[/I] I want to be able to rule out pain. What are some indicators I can look for?

You just listed some indicators of pain and how it can be displayed...
Sure he could be feeling good...
He also could be rushing, "charging" off his feet and when he lands he tosses mini-bucks to announce to you "this hurts"...
Horses have no other way of communication than body language...it is our job to read them and seek help to decipher what is being told...
If he's feeling good, fantastic..
If he's not feeling good then what is occurring that makes him react as he is doing?
You may need a really good lameness vet for this one...
Good luck.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-15-2020, 07:04 AM
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How is your jumping form bareback? Jumping bareback can put a lot of pressure on their back with your seat bones as you come down, because it is very difficult to stay In two point and off the back with no tack.
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Thanks! We’ve practiced more, put some boots on, and he is no longer charging or bucking. He’s definitely still excited haha but I’m no longer worried about him being in pain 🙂
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