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My eight year old horse has a little habit that has grown to be very dangerous, it’s already sent me to the ER once. After jumping sometimes he throws his head down between his head after landing a jump. He doesn’t do it after every jump just after some, i’ve read that green horses do that, but he’s not green, he’s been a jumper all his life. Anyone know how to stop this??
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Have you tried a ground pole a stride after the jump? It often gets the horse's attention and keeps them focussed after the jump.
 

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I know my friends horse does that whenever he's fresh and tries to buck her off. Mine even does it when I haven't ridden him in a week or two and have not lunged him, but not to the point to pull me down to throw me off. Try getting a stronger bit like a correction or low port, set a ground pole after the fence and don't 2-point. Pull his head up after he jumps because if that happens again, you could die or be paralyzed if you land the wrong way. He needs to know that that is NOT okay. Sorry, I don't believe in always being mean to horses, but when they are doing something that could seriously hurt the rider, it needs to be punished and he needs to respect you. Greenies I have seen do that, but not to the point where the rider falls or even gets pulled over. And I have seen a lot of green horses. Possibly even send him to a trainer if he's that bad.
 

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Please don't resort to a stronger bit. That's just shoddy training being shoved under the rug.
 

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check his back for soreness - could be that he lands and it causes some discomfort that he's also trying to avoid.
^ This would be my first guess. An ill fitting saddle, or just a simple matter of not being in shape could result from a sore back.
Also, if you hit him in the mouth over the jump, he could just be reacting to the pain.. Some horses just aren't as forgiving as others!

If it is a matter of disobedience, or just a bad habit, I think the pole idea (as suggested already) would be a great idea. Maybe give him 2 strides of canter after the jump (to regain himself) and then add 2 ground poles one stride apart. That should get his attention enough for long enough for YOU to regain yourself, and then you can circle him to get his attention back on you.
 

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My hunter pony used to do that too probably until he was about 6 or 7. Are his ears back when he does it? like hes hurting? If there forward it might be like my pony, he thought it was a game. I broke him of the habit just my being proactive about it when we jumped. I made sure I stayed off his back over the fences, over exaggerated my release to make sure i wasnt catching him in the mouth.... ect
In the end I just had to shorten my reins so that on the other side of the jump I could raise my hands up a bit to keep his head up(just in case) and added leg to keep him going forward. He finally got the hint and is a perfect hunter ponter now, lol.
Maybe a taking a video would help.
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I positive it’s not the saddle, we had a pro come in to make sure the saddle fit, also I was bareback. He does use a light bit and I would NEVER put a stronger one in, he hates strong bits. Thanks for all the tips.
 
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