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post #1 of 7 Old 04-19-2009, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Heads up, pretty boy!

My parents just bought me a 7 year old Quarter horse gelding that I've been leasing for two years now. His registered name is Heads Up, Pretty boy! and his stable name is Quarter (lets see if anyone figures that out, haha).
Anyways, we've been competing on a regular basis now, but I've been having some problems lowering his head. He'll lower it at home, but in the show ring he seems to get anxious and/or jittery, and simply wont lower it! The judges dont seem to like it, either. Help! What can I do?

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-19-2009, 09:54 AM
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I don't know if my horse lowers her head the same way yours does. How do you lower your horses head? Maybe I can give you some tips. :)

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-19-2009, 02:01 PM
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Are you competing in Hunter Under Saddle classes? I would assume that would be it. With my Hunter the key to getting his head lowered is half halts and keeping his reins loose so he doesn't feel like he's bracing the bit and bringing his head up. I ride him in a martingale for schooling, then take it off at shows and that seems to help him alot.
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He has a snaffle, and I keep him on a loose rein a lot of the time to encourage him to lower his head, but for some reason, he resists everything. Especially when he jumps he keeps his muzzle way up in the air. It's hard to get a good take off that way.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-19-2009, 08:55 PM
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With my Hunter the key to getting his head lowered is half halts and keeping his reins loose so he doesn't feel like he's bracing the bit and bringing his head up. I ride him in a martingale for schooling, then take it off at shows and that seems to help him alot.
I agree with this. I think a martingale would be a good idea. I also started using draw reins wich helped a lot but I think you should talk to someone about those. I didn't even know i needed them until my coach said I should use them. I also do a lot of half halts with my horse too. Hope this helps!

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-20-2009, 02:12 AM
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I agree with this. I think a martingale would be a good idea. I also started using draw reins wich helped a lot but I think you should talk to someone about those.
I agree...
A running martingale might help, especially when jumping.
Draw reins do help to lower the head and could work BUT as said above, ask someone who knows how to use them. In the wrong hands draw reins can cause more harm then good

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-24-2009, 08:39 PM
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I use a standing on my horse but we don't jump much.
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