Hi everyone I took my former racehorse on the Badminton Ride on Sunday and it was fantastic. He was fab, but he did throw his head up a lot so I could see his nose between his ears! He is also very strong to stop. He currently wears a running martingale, a french link snaffle (loose ring) and a cavesson noseband. I had to put the martingale on his noseband like a standing martingale to have some control. He obviously needs schooling (he refuses to drop his head yet and has no top line at all) but there is another fun ride I would like to do in 2 weeks time and I will need a bit more control. He opens his mouth so I really need a flash noseband, but does anyone have other suggestions? I don't want to strap him down too strongly but I also want to be able to stop!
hi annie, ruling out all the obvious problems such as back and tooth pain - and especially the fitting of the saddle I would agree that schooling is the only real answer. However I have seen, and ridden, similar horses in Markert Harboroughs with good results. It could be worth a try but bear in mind he's going to get neck and back problems if his top line is not improved so this shouldn't be anything other than a emergency support while the schooling is taking effect. Hope yoy enjoy your fun ride
Thanks Dappleton. I was thinking of the Market Harborough. I noticed using the emergency standing martingale did encourage him to drop his nose and flex his neck. Have you used the Pessoa training aid ?
For schooling there is a way with lunge lines - from bit, through inside of front legs and tie up on top of back. For lunging only Used by several top riders and a lot of people seem to have success with this as it encourages them round but not to come back but to reach forward and down Am in phone at the moment but will try and post link when I get in Otherwise maybe something like a hangin cheek snaffle which gives poll pressure - but try it before as some horses object. Otherwise just go, have fun and start schooling after!!
I had a racehorse, and I found cavaletti helped him the most. Either lunging or riding, and at the walk as well as trot. He really had to lift his back, engage his hind and stretched down as well. As far as the head tossing, I just used a running martingale, but actually slapped him on the head once when he was tossing and threatening to rear at the walk. You sound like your horse has more training than mine did when I had to do that.