October 23, 2014 at 1:26 pmlindner_avery Original PosterTopics Started: 2Replies Posted: 2
Hi there! I’ve been having a problem with my halflinger lately; he will jump and immediately after, throw his head down and shake it. My trainer said it’s a wonder I haven’t fallen off yet and I agree. He goes to pasture every day for about 5 hours, but is still quite fat. I think he is just excited to be jumping, but I don’t want to continue while he still has this habit. It used to just be the first jump that he did this at, but now it has increased to every jump that I have halfway decent eq on. (I have to stick my legs straight in front of me and lean wayyy back to stay on) Any suggestions to make him stop? Thanks!October 24, 2014 at 9:54 amNkroosTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
Hey there! I have a few recommendations for you to try. Of coarse since I do not know all of the variables involved I can offer some advice and you can see what you think might work best for you. If the problem has begun without any changes to his diet, exercise, etc and he didn’t used to do it then I would look into a vet or shoeing issue. He may be uncomfortable jumping from an underlying vet issue such as improper shoeing, ulcers, or an injury. If it is a strictly behavioral problem I would recommend doing a lot of gymnastics so he has to do many jumps in a row. I would also make sure that you do not stop after the jumps. Try and give him a good correction with your reins and then continue on through the corners so you don’t make it a big deal. He will keep doing it if you stop every time he acts up, because he wins by not having to work anymore. One last thought is to switch up your routine so he isn’t always expecting to jump. Just incorporate a few jumps as you’re flatting, jumping one jump and then continuing on to flat for at five minutes without jumping. I hope this helps! Good luck!October 24, 2014 at 12:16 pmlindner_avery Original PosterTopics Started: 2Replies Posted: 2
He isn’t shoed so that shouldn’t be the problem. He had a quick bout of thrush, though, so maybe that has something to do with it. I love the idea of gymnastics!October 24, 2014 at 3:39 pmJoe-JoeTopics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205
I am NOT in favor of ever hitting a horse, but if you have ruled out any possible physical issue, and this is purely behavioral, a swift, sharp correction may be in order. My boy would be in Portugal if I hit him, but I have found that a loud smack of a crop on my boot will wake him right up.
It is never the horse's faultDecember 17, 2014 at 9:55 amelizabeth_richardsTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 8
I would bump him back down to the basics. I agree with the others as well. I’m not into hitting horses but sometimes a correction is needed. Just make sure he commit to the mistake and he knows what he is doing wrong. I typically use a long crop, or if I have to use a short one I never use it in front of the saddle. You can also try giving him a little more leg. (although I’m sure you have heard this all before…)
You can always shake up your routine too! My Arab mare gets very bored doing the same thing time and time again. Because of this I have jumped, barrel raced (for fun only), roped, done dressage, cross country and have even rivaled her up against another horse on a full length track. I think the best advice I have for you is to keep your head up and stay confident. If you think he’s going to stop right after the jump, he will, almost every time. Horses pick up on your emotions and feelings way more than we think. Stay positive! Try not to get frustrated! If you think he’s a bit overweight, the best thing for him is trotting…to the moon and back. It will make him lose some of that fat and build up more muscle tone. My horse’s back was bad, she needed more muscle on her croup, shoulders and gaskins, trotting worked WONDERS. Someone put this in perspective for me a little while ago. If you can’t do it at a trot, then you sure as heck shouldn’t be cantering. Master all of this at a trot first. (yes, it is okay to trot out of a jump, I trained with Circuit B jumper trainers for 3 years). Good Luck! I hope everything goes well for you!January 12, 2015 at 7:24 pmfelicityfTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 5
Hi! My big gelding used to buck on landing his jumps – just training heights, with and without shoes ( under 2ft. Jumps). Ends up his blacksmith was keeping his feet too small – fewer visits needed – I think the blacksmith had pain issues. We fixed his feet and the problem disappeared. I would check for back pain, fit of the bit and saddle. You probably already did those, but doesn’t hurt to take a second look. My gelding also developed a bit of an attitude and we discovered sciatic pain. Are you in an area where Lyme disease is an issue? All 3 of mine had it – can really wreck havoc with joints and cause migrating pain. Since you have a trainer, I assume your arena footing is fine. Good luck.January 13, 2015 at 8:34 amrenee_lewisTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 4
Lots to consider here. All good suggestions. I wonder if you’ve worked him from the ground and watched how he hits the ground? If you work him in hand does he exhibit the same behavior? If so it may be pain, somewhere, most behavior issues involve pain at some time. If he does not throw his head down and shake it when in hand then it may be pain when you are mounted. Have you confirmed his saddle fits properly? Haflingers are notoriously hard to fit…may be good to pay for a professional saddle fitting to confirm this is not a contributing factor. My Appaloosa gelding was refusing to ‘move out’ and we discovered his saddle was to tight in the gullet. New saddle, new horse. 🙂 It is time-consuming and often expensive to trouble-shoot what may be behavioral but all physical complications must be ruled out. He’s barefoot, so it’s not an ill-fitting shoe but is he trimmed properly? Is his foot balanced, really balanced? Does his saddle fit, is the pad bunched under the saddle? Is he healthy in his joints, shoulders, spine…? I have my horse seen, regularly, by a Chiropractor and Massage Therapist. It keeps him happy and healthy and me in the saddle. GOOD LUCK I hope the cause is something you discover soon and with little expense. The suggestion by Elizabeth to “go back to the basics” is a great place to start. Sometimes we have to start over to go further.
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