Hello, Thanks for the information, I will definately try this. I thought about the teeth being a reason for the head throwing but he does it all the time even without the bit. He will do it when hes lunging or even if hes out in the pasture. It can be very scary when he does this with me on his back. The only time he did not do this is when I walked him on the trail. I have not ridden him outside yet because of this reason and he also is now fighting the bit. When I first started riding him he did real well with the bit and did real well with bending, now it seems hes going backwards with learning. I wonder if I'm doing something wrong. He will bend fine when I'm on the ground but if I'm on his back and I try to bend him he fights. Right now I'm using a full cheek snaffle bit, should I try something else?
Did you solve the head tossing? It's been a long time since you posted about that & I've forgotten the circumstance. I think we mentioned a head tossing syndrome that some horses develop that really isn't understood; however, covering their nostrils with a light netting seems to help.
Horses don't tranfer learning from one situation to another very well so even though he bends easily from the ground, he may not understand what you want from the saddle as quickly as you'd like. One technique that worked for me was from Clinton Anderson. He said to hold the reins at your knees (no pressure) and pull toward your hip. As soon as your horse gives even an inch to the pressure IMMEDIATELY move your hand back to your knee. Don't expect your horse to bend to your foot the first time but it does work! The knee & hip trick gave me reference points and I didn't have to adjust the reins. I knew when my hand was at my knee, there was no pressure on the rein.
Karen ~ Trails & Joe Paint Gelding Paoli, IN
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Well, here's a thought from the peanut gallery, only because it came into my mind when reading that post. If he only does it when there's a saddle on, could there be anything along the lines of a saddle pinch somewhere that makes him just react in whatever way may seem as though it could relieve it?? Even an apparently unrelated reaction... who knows, maybe?
I think I would longe him with the saddle on for a few minutes with side reins each time before I rode. Teaches a horse to respect the bit and would probably help a lot.
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