Then work on it as a training issue.. it's a crutch and that behavior will only get worse with time. If you really want to do the best by your horse then do away with the tie-down and work with him on head set, carriage, and body placement..
If his head goes up with a tie down off, TRAIN him to get it down.
I never have, or will, use it for balance. If someone used something like that on me I would probably snap sh*t, too.
Perhaps their is a professional trainer you can send him to before he gets unfixable?
Ok he's really good at collecting bending excetra unless we go to the left barrel And I don't no why I even bothered asking you guys monica is a professional barrel horse trainer. And you did what? Posted via Mobile Device