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Hi guys,

my mums horse always puts her head right down when she canters and mum nearly flips over the front.

I was just wondering what we could do to stop sadira (her horse) from doing that??????
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No, don't kick her. This is a issue that needs to be resolved not kicked out.

Does she have any physical problems that could be the cause if it? Does the saddle fit properly? Is your mother riding unbalanced? How does she ask her to canter?

Rule out all other possibilities before you resort to the "Just kick her" method. If it is a respect problem, go back and make sure she is listening and cooperating at all gaits before you move up to the canter. Then if all is cleared and she still does it try having your mother carry a crop and when she asks her to canter and the head goes down give her a little pop on the rump to get her attention. make sure your mother has good enough balance and a good enough seat that she can stay on when the mare does this. Don't let her have her way if she is doing it to get out of cantering, make her go with the crop and leg presure, urge her foreward with your seat as well.

If you or your mother feel like you don't have the experience to deal with it properly, I'd get a professional out to see what they think.
 

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No, don't kick her. This is a issue that needs to be resolved not kicked out.

Does she have any physical problems that could be the cause if it? Does the saddle fit properly? Is your mother riding unbalanced? How does she ask her to canter?

Rule out all other possibilities before you resort to the "Just kick her" method. If it is a respect problem, go back and make sure she is listening and cooperating at all gaits before you move up to the canter. Then if all is cleared and she still does it try having your mother carry a crop and when she asks her to canter and the head goes down give her a little pop on the rump to get her attention. make sure your mother has good enough balance and a good enough seat that she can stay on when the mare does this. Don't let her have her way if she is doing it to get out of cantering, make her go with the crop and leg presure, urge her foreward with your seat as well.

If you or your mother feel like you don't have the experience to deal with it properly, I'd get a professional out to see what they think.
Thanks we are gonna probably use a different saddle and the other things you said 2 do thanx for tha help!
 

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you could also try a grass/bearing rein if its not a pain issue.

i think she's far too forward on the forehand and you need to get her balance back on her haunches
 

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No, don't use a crutch(device) either. This will only cover up the problem, not fix it. Fix it like you said, through training.
Let me know how it turns out!
 

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It may be pain. Maybe as she changes gaits, her neck/wither could rub against the pommel, or stretch, which can hurt. Does your saddle slip forward? Maybe try a breast plate, or an easy martingale, like the running. Does she rush into a canter? If she does, the martingale will help that, and if its not pain, then hey! youv fixed another problem, lol. Maybe she is just being naughty. I know a mare that does the same thing, and I treat it like you would to prevent a buck, dont let her put her head down...

Sorry bout the essay, I hope SOME of the ramble helps lol.
 

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We finally found out that she had a back problem so we got the horse chiropracter and after a few visits from her and a bit of a rest mums horse was in perfect condition again!
 
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