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alize

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alize says:

head shaking

Towards the end of a ride (after about 3/4 of an hour) my horse shakes his head up and down, if I give hime his head he stops. His teeth and back are fine. I tried a hollow bit instead of his solid one and this made him worse. Has anyone got any suggestions? He is ridden in a loose ring jointed snaffle.[?]

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piebaled_princess

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Re: head shaking

How long have you had him? maybe someone has been holding his head tight on the way home?

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flyingfox

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flyingfox says:

Re: head shaking

he may just be getting tired, or i'd try a french link snaffle, some horses don't like the nut cracker action of a regular jointed snaffle. does he do it at any other time? sam xxx

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alize

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alize says:

Re: head shaking

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Originally posted by piebaled_princess
How long have you had him? maybe someone has been holding his head tight on the way home?
I have had him 9 months so possible. thanks for taking time to reply.

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alize

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alize says:

Re: head shaking

quote:
Originally posted by flyingfox
he may just be getting tired, or i'd try a french link snaffle, some horses don't like the nut cracker action of a regular jointed snaffle. does he do it at any other time? sam xxx
Thank you for your help. He doesnt do it any other time and this is the bit he came in!

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Kimmy1908

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Kimmy1908 says:

Re: head shaking

Do you have rubber bit rings on your snaffle? If not, it could be that the loose rings start to pinch him after you've been riding for a while. Either put some rubber bit rings on or try him with a normal eggbutt snaffle x

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alize

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alize says:

Re: head shaking

quote:
Originally posted by Kimmy1908
Do you have rubber bit rings on your snaffle? If not, it could be that the loose rings start to pinch him after you've been riding for a while. Either put some rubber bit rings on or try him with a normal eggbutt snaffle x
Thank you for your reply, this could be the case but he still does it in the bit with cheek pieces so there must be another problem making him do this. He doesnt do it when being schooled but then I dont usually last more than half an hour. I wonder if his mouth gets sore after a while? I will try the eggbutt and see if he improves. x

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Abi

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Abi says:

Re: head shaking

He could be bored? if its only when your hacking, and you go the same way each time he could get bored or frustrated and start tossing his head? Not too sure, but see if varying the route you ride on will help, or try to keep his attention by asking for a faster walk, a slower walk and more collected or extended walks to keep him thinking? xx

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Savkins

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Savkins says:

Re: head shaking

my mums pony has this as a result of her head being tied in when she was broken and has left her with mental scars and if she is put under any pressure she shakes her head manically

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MaesSeren

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MaesSeren says:

Re: head shaking

Youve said youve had his back and teeth checked, but what about his saddle? My girl started off headshaking towards the end of being ridden, then it got further and further towards the beginning. Like yours, she prefered it on a long rein. However, it turned out that the points of the saddle were too long for her, pinching a nerve causing her to headshake. Someone else on here also had the same problem, and theres a thread up atm from them talking about their success. Its about Β£40-40 to get a saddler out, cost me Β£40 to get what i was told to be the best saddler in the country out, and yes he sold me a saddle, but he wasnt coming just to check the fit, i did want a new saddle.

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alize

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alize says:

Re: head shaking

quote:
Originally posted by Abi
He could be bored? if its only when your hacking, and you go the same way each time he could get bored or frustrated and start tossing his head? Not too sure, but see if varying the route you ride on will help, or try to keep his attention by asking for a faster walk, a slower walk and more collected or extended walks to keep him thinking? xx
We are very lucky and have lots of different routes to ride so I dont think it is boredom. My instructor has just said similar to your last comment- keep him thinking and more collected, she thinks he is just impatient to get home, which seems to fit as he doesnt do it in trot. Thanks for your advice. x

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