Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
I wouldn't worry so much about her head, she has such a sweet face. What I would do is make sure her head/throatlatch is as "clean" as possible, including trimming her hair/ears. The more trim her head is, the smaller and better shaped it will look. CAUTION: don't do this the week before the show, try a couple weeks that way you can fix any clipper mishaps.
Then, you want to call more attention to her best attributes. Practice with different grooming products to see how you can make the eye go more towards something awesome about her (like that beautiful tail) and less to the head. Get that tail as fluffy and white as you can, this could make all the difference and draw the eye to the opposite end of the horse! For one you want a low key halter, not one that screams "look at me, look at me" like the one you have pictures. It draws the eye right to her head. I would choose something like a nice neutral color that still "pops" on her, like black, or a nice standard leather.
Do some exercises over winter to help keep up her muscle tone (more muscle will also help her head look a little smaller in contrast to her body) and also work on teaching her to stay squared for you. Anything you can possibly fix, fix it. The more perfect your horse is in all other ways, the less the "head" will matter as much, and to be honest I wouldn't worry about her pretty head.
I have to do these things with Cinny as we automatically go in to the dressage ring with points knocked down (he is a horrid teeth grinder). So, we have to make sure we are so perfect on every other aspect that the points knocked down for the grinding don't kill us to much. It's all about showing off your horse's best qualities.
Last edited by Cinnys Whinny; 11-30-2011 at 11:03 AM.