Originally Posted by AngelWithoutWings54
3. Pretty Headset. I'm only going to be doing lower level tests, but I would still like to see an improvement in Jerry's headset. He holds his head high with his nose in the air, and will only relax sometimes. Any tips?
Read read read read read!!! There is no easy way to explain this as it is a complicated topic and covers many different areas. The best way to begin getting an understanding would be to grab some reading material and familiarize yourself with the art of 'collection'. Just a guess but have you been involved in the showring previously? Just wondering as the term 'headset' seems to get bantered around in those circles, in dressage you will never find a reference to 'headset'. The position of the head comes from how the rest of the body is working, it is not an isolated head position at all.
I would recommend you read up on things like flexion, rhythym, forward movement, engagement of hindquarters, straightness and suppleness, all these things (and more) contribute to collection and that 'headset' that you refer to. Also, for the lower levels, it won't really matter what your horses head is doing, as long as he is travelling nicely and shows correctness of movement, this allows you to get all the basics before encouraging collection from your horse.
Sounds complicated? It can be but it is thouroughly enjoyable and there is nothing better than riding a well educated dressage mount so get yourself a good book and get started girl!