No problem; I don't take offense!
Actually, I agree with you. There is a well known gaited horse trainer in my area (he has been on the RFD Channel a few times, and is heavily involved in FOSH) who is a really nice guy, and seems to get great results, but he stresses the "head down gait". I did try it with my guy, but.... it was a battle. My KMH just didn't want to do it. I finally decided.... "he must be more comfortable holding his head where he wants to".
(I posted on a different thread today that he was brilliant this afternoon. Very relaxed, gaited and cantered smoothly, and very calm.)
And again, I am no expert. This trainer has horses that move beautifully, so I would not argue with him. I just have to go with what seems to work best for my horse. No shoes, no bit, and let him hold his head where he wants to! (I will keep working on those gaits though!)
ps - I also recall John Lyons saying on his show once... "I know there are trainers who stress their horses ride head down all the time, but frankly, if you ride you horse on the trail, why would you want that? I WANT my horses to be alert and look around. They are prey animals; it just isn't natural for a horse to move with his head down by his feet.... unless he is grazing in a pasture."
I have always liked John Lyons' approach.
"Do you give the horse its strength, or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?" (Job 39:19)
Last edited by imagaitin; 11-26-2012 at 05:51 PM.