Originally Posted by Kayty
Absolutely minstrel, though I'd never use a bungee no matte what the retraining situation.
I've put market harboroughs and draw reins on ottbs for a few rides, when they've been particularly worried about lowering their head to a comfortable level. A couple of rides has always been enough for me to give them more confidence and understanding that they can relax their jaw, poll and neck. Once they understand that, it's simple to work on the 'engine' again.
But for every day riding purely to create a head set, no no no.
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By 'these things' I meant the harborough, draw reins etc, I agree about the bungee. I have used chambons, de gogues, draw reins, market harborughs and running and standing martingales depending on the situation, they can be useful in getting a horse over head lowering issues. However they shouldn't be used to teach a horse 'frame', just to start the process of working long and low and stretching the back muscles so the horse learns they can do it themselves.
Take my ottb for example. He is terrible at leaning on the bit and falling on the forehand. However, a few weeks' lunging with side reins, and making a point of riding 'back up, bum under' and just straight up not letting him lean on the hand, he is slowly getting there. It is achievable!! I have had people tell me that, at 17hh I'm not 'strong enough' to hold his front end up, and that I need draw reins, but I'm not daft - I was him moving forward and using his back and hindquarters before I start worrying about where his head is!!