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#1 cchorselover

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 01:35 PM

I have a 8 year old Gelding. I have had him for 6 months. I have ridden him everyday. For the past month he has been throwing his head. The Tack is fine and well fitted to him. Its just he has been doing it for the past month. How do I stop it? Any ideas?

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 01:40 PM

Have you had his teeth checked laltely? Sometimes that'll do it.
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 01:44 PM

Have you tried a new bit in the past month?

Get his teeth checked first off to rule out pain. If your bit is pinching, to small

etc etc.

If thats ok? My guess would be how is your contact on the reins to the horses mouth. Do your hands follow with his movement etc etc..

Get your vet to check him all over.

How often does he shake his head..

 

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 01:53 PM

I have been using the same bit.... Humm. Come to think about it he has been shaking his head after he got scared. We were riding by some woods and he herd a branch break. After that he has been like that. I ride him over by there alot. Could it be he is scared of that area? How do I get him to stop his head? He had his teeth done a few months ago.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 02:01 PM

My old QH is bad about slinging his head. Bit and everything are fine. I ride him in a tie down and it works fine. Its like he knows if the tie down is on, he can't sling his head so he doesn't. He has plenty of slack so he can carry his head normally but he can't toss it all over the place.
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 02:08 PM

I would also check his ears - my granddaughter had a gelding that started shaking his head suddenly and he had an ear infection. His ears itched!
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 02:09 PM

I would also check his ears - my granddaughter had a gelding that started shaking his head suddenly and he had an ear infection. His ears itched and his sinuses hurt. Oh yeah - check the bridle fit for poll pressure too.
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 02:13 PM

Hate tie downs...its a temp fix...

 

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:15 AM

My mare was doing that when the trainer was putting some time on her. He used a running martingale and she quit. I don't even have to use it anymore, she is good now.

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 08:30 AM

What kind of a bit do you use on him?

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 09:06 AM

lateral and vertical flexing.....over and over and over again.

training forks are good tools, but the key word there is 'training'.

Tie downs are not really teaching anything. Once in a while I use them, but I work on the horse in small round pens and small circles and figure 8's to work on flexibility and get horse comfy.
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 09:37 AM

QUOTE (cchorselover @ Oct 5 2010, 02:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have been using the same bit.... Humm. Come to think about it he has been shaking his head after he got scared. We were riding by some woods and he herd a branch break. After that he has been like that. I ride him over by there alot. Could it be he is scared of that area? How do I get him to stop his head? He had his teeth done a few months ago.


Is it possible that because he got scared, you got nervous and are holding him more than in the past? If bit, teeth, etc are OK and this is a new thing I would be paying real attention to my own hands.



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