Okay, maybe a really ignorant question...excuse me as I don't know much about showing...but did Stella have to learn to hold her head like that? Or is that a natural thing for her type of breed? Or do you as the rider keep it arched like that?
She sure is beautiful. I have to agree with whoever said that she is probably one of the most beautiful horses I've ever seen. But the baby daddy looks like he has a mean face. LOL
Have you seen any dressage? The bent neck is a result of the horse working with it's back and hindlegs.
If you watch this video of me and Stella, you can see me pat her on the neck - and she's cantering with her neck bent the same way.
You only want to keep a light contact with the bit through the reins, although, my mare is a very forward horse, so often I have to keep a little more than a light contact with the bit, otherwise she would run her heart out.
The daddy is actually a very cute and kind horse, but his blaze is a bit all over the place.