For those members who do head twirling on their horse(s), I have a question: Just before putting hay in his rack tonight, I stood in front of my gelding, placed my hands on either side of his face and slowly tried to twirl his head along the long axis of his head. After a few attempts, I got an ever-so-slight "give" in both directions, quit, gave him his hay stood there and watched him. He took a few bites and came back to face me, as if inviting me to "do that thing you just did". This is a horse who never walks away from a full hay rack.
Does head twirling feel good to a horse? Is manual twirling on the ground a good way to introduce it to a horse for the first time, as opposed to getting the movement with the aid of bit and reins? Lastly, am I doing it right (along the long axis) rather than in a different plane?
It was astounding that he seemed to come back for more, knowing his proclivity to eat above all else. Kathy
Last edited on Fri Nov 2nd, 2007 02:14 am by IrishPony
Thanks Adreinne, I was asking a bit of a 'chicken and the egg' question as to which comes first, the head twirl or the loin twirl. And if one is not perfect can one help the other. As I now understand it if the head is not twirled and releasing the muscles well how can the horse twirl the loins with ease?! And I have gone back a few steps as this horse needs me closer to him so he understands and I have to go really slow one step at a time. Thanks for the helpful hints.
I hadn't heard the term 'doubling' before, Buck B is coming to NZ next year so I will keep an ear out for his use of this term.