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Head Tossing, Ducking, and Throwing

March 13, 2009 | By Elizabeth C. | 2 comments

I'm having a lot of problems with my OTTB. I practice Level 1 from the Parelli program with him, and we seem to do pretty good on the ground. As soon as I get on, however, its a whole different story. It doesn't matter what kind of bit and bridle he wears, or even if he's just wearing a halter, he puts his head down and pulls the reins out of my hands, with lots of tossing and ducking. This is even before I've asked him to do anything! Everyone says go back to the groundwork, because something is missing, but I'm not sure exactly what's going on or what I need to be doing. I know it's difficult when you can't see him in person, but if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I'll try to decribe his behaviors and personality in more detail as best as I can.
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Krissy M.
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Krissy M.
5 years ago

Pain would be my first issue to look at as well. How long off the track is this horse? Racehorses are taught to pull against pressure. They take the bit and pull, thats just what they do. Can you do the porcupine game with him with pressure on his nose to back him? He should give easily to that and not fight you. I would do alot of porcupine with him, I think he is confused with pressure and needs to learn to give more. Can you bend him from the ground?
I had this issue with my 4 year old and I ended up doing some non Parelli with him, ground driving him with the bit, making him collect and bend at the poll. I love Parelli and do all of it with my horses, but I have found that sometimes I have to resort to "traditional" training methods to work on specific problems. Some horses will "get it" when you do that, then I go back to Parelli.

Debra H.
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Debra H.
5 years ago

I would look into your saddle and pad. Sounds like it is pinching him some where. I have the saddle fitting DVD from Parelli if you would like to have it.

my email address is debra1625@msn.com

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