She is probably holding her head up because that is A LOT of pressure on her nose and in her mouth. Do you know how that bit works? It looks like it has a twisted wire, does it? And that "thing that keeps her head down" is called a tie down. It's mean for a horse to brace off and balance of when they are doing high speed events, not for keeping a horses head down. That set up is down right torture in even the lightest of hands.
And she is absolutely Arabian and some kind of stock horse.
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Im sorry but i know how to take care of my horse, im well aware that she has a nasty bit in her mouth. Its a twisted gag bit with 3 connecting part, with very long Shanks, i know what a tie down is i couldnt think of the name, but i find it rude to say that i torture my horse.
As for a tie down, a tie down was used to Ropers used this to help brace the cow, barrel racers soon picked it up to help the horse brace the turns on a barrel. I do not always have a tie down her, only when we are showing, training or running. If we are on a trail i take it off her.
As for her bit, i just got her a few months ago, but ive been riding her for a very long time, so i couldnt change the bit if i wanted to! It's winter in Michigan we cannot ride because the horses will get hurt and i do not own a indoor arena to start training her to get her mouth softened. Hopfully in time get her down to a simple snaffle with shanks.
Now, shes is going in English training next year for jumping, which makes a new bit every more serious. I understand this. But listen i know how to handle my horse and what is best for her at this moment in time. And at this moment i cant do anything about her bit or tie down. I know a lot of horse people will frown at people who use such things but i did not train my horse with this, this is not my doing, it will be my fixing, me and my trainer have already been talking about ways to fix her.