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    07-26-2010, 07:13 PM
Green Broke
Eliz if the horse in the picture is the one your trainer has do what you posted to, it is a prime example of why people do not like the method, it creates a tense "broken" neck, the horses breathing and sight are impaired and the neck is developing a rough turnover at the 3rd vertebrae, which could cause permanent damage to its neck muscles and spine. The horse looks braced and heavy on the fore, all characteristics of a horse trained with the "look" over proper function and training.

Tucking of the nose is like Kayty said, slow and patient work. The horse should not be ecpected to tuck to the point that its face is on or behind the vertical as this strains the muscles and impairs both sight and breathing as well as a stiff back and roughly muscled neck. You should be aiming for a smooth turnover and poll at the highest point of the arch as well as a nose slightly in front of the vertical to aid in proper breathing and sight. You should be aiming for proper collection and frame but also think about your horses anatomy, can you breathe as well when you tuck your chin to your neck???
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    08-10-2010, 02:46 PM
How I get my horse to tuck her head, I "tickle" the reins. Which is opening and closing your hands and slightly moving your wrists. And alternate your hands. So when you right hand is open your left hand is closed, and vise versa. You don't need to jerk, or pull hard on the reins, it's just supposed to be light hand movements.

This method has worked for me every time.
    08-10-2010, 05:52 PM
^ Incorrect.

Your horse may be 'tucking his nose' but this is a false frame. Also, constant sponging or tickling can create hard mouths and a weaving head, even if the movement is very light.

Kayty gave some great advice.

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