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Nina G

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Nina G says:

Why does my horse keep pulling her head down...

Why does my young horse keep pulling her head down when being ridden?

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marybee

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marybee says:

Re: Why does my horse keep pulling her head down...

hiya - is this when she is in the arena (i.e. away from grass?) is she ramming it down, pulling the reins harshly through your hands or really reaching out slowly-ish? kirst x

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Nina G

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Nina G says:

RE: Why does my young horse keep pulling her head down when being ridden?

It's both, in the school and when we are out. She pulls her head down quite harshly. She is only 4 years, so i don't know if age plays a part.

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marybee

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marybee says:

RE: Why does my young horse keep pulling her head down when being ridden?

hiya - ye she is at a cheeky age!!! hehe - when horses are working correctly and engaging properly they will except the bit and can lengthen quite considerabley when asked to, but sometimes, especially with your girl cause she is young, it can just be them playing around; if she is not in any discomfort when shes doing it (i.e. ears back, screwed up expressions etc) implying that something could be bothering her with the tack or something, then i would just school her more - my mare when she was young did it out of boredness; using your leg bringing her up from her bum to your hand, then asking her to accept the bit and being firm with your outside hand, nice and soft with your inside. she might be more amiable if you do loads of different schooling exercises and get her to bend her neck down the long sides of the arena etc, making her use it in other ways OTHER than ramming it between her feet!! lol but if shes young and not in discomfort i wouldnt put any martingale on her or anything; schooling will sort it, especially if it more varied. hope some of this helps; keep me updated!! good luck!! k x

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belleandchoccie

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RE: Why does my young horse keep pulling her head down when being ridden?

could be trying to test you. when your horse doesnt put their head down, get one rein and pull it up, it can be soft and first but if he isnt listening apply a little more pressure everytime. keep your legs on them to keep them moving on. your horse could be in pain; could have his teeth checked or see if his bit is ok for him and fits ok. (but i'm sure it does!)

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tillywigs

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tillywigs says:

RE: Why does my young horse keep pulling her head down when being ridden?

it could be trying to test you but theres this horse magic that i ride and it pulls its head down because it dosnt like the bit!

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classicalfan

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classicalfan says:

Re: Why does my horse keep pulling her head down...

Firstly, as she is only a youngster, she needs to stretch her topline as she is developing the musculature to carry a rider.  But she should be stretching when you allow it, not snatching the rein from you.  Whatever you do, don't pull as the horse will always pull back and it is not a battle you're going to win.  When you feel her start to snatch send her forward and close your fingers around the rein, using your seat to help block her pull.  By using your seat I mean for you to use the muscles in your pelvic girdle.  (Try it as you are sitting reading this).  Pretend you have reins in your hand and close your fingers firmly together as if you were resisting a pull from the horse (not much power there huh!), now imagine that you are constipated (sorry but there is no better explanation) and you are trying to push a poo at the same time as closign your fingers firmly together.  Feel the difference?  So will the horse, but remember it is just a momentary squeeze, don't try and prolong it.   Release your fingers immediately and reblock as necessary.

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islandcat

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islandcat says:

RE: Why does my young horse keep pulling her head down when being ridden?

I have the same problem with a 4 yr old I am working with. She is fine in the ring and leaving home. But returning home she is anxious to get back and pulls her head to the ground yanking the reins from my hands or on down hill almost pulling me out of the saddle. I am gentle with her and give her as much rein as I can. I have tried circling her which just seems to frustrate her more, she is small so is an accident waiting to happen especially on the down hill. I am asking the owner to get her teeth checked and considering a curb bit, other than that grass or side reins. I am not sure which is the right way to go. We have only had her for a year so not sure of her background. She has Connemara in her, do they have stronger mouths?

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sackofspuds

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sackofspuds says:

RE: Why does my horse keep pulling her head down...

Mine has always done this. He is 16 now. Very worrying when you ask for canter and suddenly the head goes right down and zoom he is off. I know he will stop at the end of the field/gate, and as yet he has never bucked etc.  He also put his head down and fights me if we are in company.  This is usually rectified if he is allowed to go in front. Very unsociable as he has to be quite a long way in front of the other horses. He is ridden in a pelham with roundings. He has done the same whatever bit I have in him.He is very on the forehand, but over the winter I have found a wonderful instructor who is helping us to work in a more rounder outline. Watch this space!!!!! 

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