Originally Posted by SorrelHorse
He's a cute little guy.
I'm not opposed to tiedowns at all. In fact my mare just recently started using one to run barrels in, and it has helped her out a lot. However, she's as soft in the face as you can possibly get. The horse throws its head? I'd be asking why. Vet check him for sure. A lot of times, head throwing is discomfort or pain. Or he's just gotten into a bad habit.
I wouldn't call it throwing his head. It felt to me like he learned to raise his head instead of lowering. I get the feeling it's the only thing that worked or him, so he does it.
Another thing is he was tense, not in a being dumb or doing something stupid, but I get the feeling someone used to hop on and rush off to the races.
I worked with him for 15 minutes or so and I was thrilled; he was already starting to give downward at the stand still and was relaxing.
I can also say I sat on him for a good 10 minutes talking and you could feel an obvious sigh of relief... Like no one ever just sat around on him.