Suggestions to stop head slinging?

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  1. RyaneC

    RyaneC Senior Member+

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    I HATE head slinging! And I have a mare who does it whenever she doesn't want to do something! She didn't want to get on the trailer this evening and resorted to head slinging and backing up. She had this habit when I got her, and it had gotten better for the most part, until tonight. (She normally gets right on the trailer with no issue, I don't know if it was because it was pretty close to dark or what... we'll try again tomorrow and see.) But the head slinging drives me insane! She gets out of control with it, and I've never had another horse that I had to correct it in. She's a broodmare and cannot be ridden due to an old injury that's left her chronically lame. She's only about 14.1, but she stretches her neck as high as it will go and tips her chin way up above her eyes, then bounces her head. She came down on my head once and got thwacked in the chest for it - I'm big on respecting my space and she loses all respect when she starts her head slinging mess. Can anyone offer suggestions up? Thanks!
     






  2. RyaneC

    RyaneC Senior Member+

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    Nothing? Cmon guys, I need help.
     
  3. slc

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    Do you work her with a chain under her chin? Over her nose? How are you trying to load her? With what gear on her?

    Why would her slinging her head stop you from loading her?

    I had one horse that did that, and it was because he did not like trailering. Someone had fought with him and forced him to get on and it had become a whole ordeal for him.

    Don't be fooled - a lot of horses that sling their head around aren't 'just being stubborn' - something often is really wrong. just because they 'look' stubborn doesn't mean that's all there is to it.

    Of course that doesn't mean you pat them and say poor baby and don't put them on the trailer, but you can water down the wine.

    The key was not getting worked up about and and so keeping him from getting worked up. Just keep the process quiet and keep it simple - work on moving his feet, step by step, keep things very methodical and serious and quiet.
     
  4. RyaneC

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    No chain. Just a halter and lead rope. She used to be pretty head shy when I got her and didn't even really want you to touch her head. That's pretty much resolved. We couldn't get her loeaded because she'd toss her head way high and pull back. Then it was like she got frustrated and would even toss her head when walking away from the trailer. I guess then she got it in her head that if she'd toss her head and pull back sher didn't have to get on the trailer. I don't know. This is the first of the head-tossing I've seen in probably a year. She always loads just fine but not last night, when the head-tossing reappeared. When she'd pull back and toss her head, I'd pull her back from the trailer and make her circle around me and keep moving her feet, making it uncomfortable away from the trailer and then let her stand and rest with her nose at/in the trailer door. She can't move too fast due to her old injury, but from all the moving she'd had to do she was pretty darn tired by the time I finally had to quit.
     
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    I got a mare who sounds similar to this. Went to pick her up and she would not get in the trailer. She would use her head as a weapon.(getting people to let her alone) It had always worked for her and she tried it with me. I just did the normal trailer training on her, (clinton anderson style) and forgot about the head, she ended up in the trailer in about 10 minutes and when I got her home I just did the ground work as usual. She has relapsed into the habit a few times but I just made her move her feet and work.

    I use rope halters and that seemed better than a chain to me. I think my mare had been a little spoiled, she didn't like tieing and actually tried the head slinging to the tie post, didn't work there either. She mostly used it when she was saying "no, I don't think so"

    Hope you get it figured out.
     
  6. valarie

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    if you are coordinated enough try this old wives' tale. it's worked before for me with a horse that rears. fill a water balloon about 1/2 full with hot water (not boiling just warm enough to be hotter than her skin temperature) keep it hidden as best you can while working with her. as soon as she starts this head slinging break it on the top of her nose. according to the wives' tale she'll think it's blood and that she hurt herself and not do it anymore.
     






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