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    11-30-2011, 11:48 AM
Green Broke
This is a little off the wall.

I show my horse in Foundation Quarter Horse Shows, and I am rrrreally wanting to aim for the versatility saddle next year, and my horse will be 21 and by no means shows it, other than her higher withers. She isn't a fancy built horse, she is built to work on a ranch and do her job. To be able to win the saddle, I need to place really good in halter (along with other classes, but this one tends to be our downfall). This probably sounds super stupid and idiotic, can I make my horses head look smaller? Bahahaha XD Her head is HUGE. O.o It may not look it from the pictures, but it's in no way a nice refined "mare" face.
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    11-30-2011, 11:49 AM
Green Broke
And yes, I realise she is standing rather funky in the last picture. I had her standing nice and square, but she decided to move.
    11-30-2011, 11:52 AM
Green Broke
And it doesn't help to much that the Youth Mares halter is all ages horses, so of course the 5 year old mares beat out the older ones.
    11-30-2011, 12:00 PM
Green Broke
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.
    11-30-2011, 12:05 PM
Plastic surgery

But seriously, don't try to make it look smaller, just make sure your halter is in proportion to the horse's head. Wider leather, in a color that compliments her. I'd suggest a dark leather halter. The yellow isn't doing her any favors.
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    11-30-2011, 12:08 PM
Green Broke
Hmm..thanks a lot!! That makes a lot of sense! If only I could paint big purple spots on all of her good points.... I can't believe I never thought of the color of her halter! DUH! I normally try to match with what shirts I have, so maybe I could go with like a silvery grey halter? And she's also got a really nobby pole and round pony ears. So should I trim her ears more and her fluffy forelock less? Thankfully the next show isn't until April, so I have time to build her muscle back up again(:
    11-30-2011, 12:15 PM
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I completely agree with Cinny.

About her withers, does the saddle you're using really fit her? Like is it wide enough in the wither area with and without a pad?
The way her withers are reminds me of horses I've seen that have been constantly ridden in a saddle that is too narrow, causing their wither muscles to atrophy. Her withers don't appear to be THAT high, they just stick up a lot because there are no muscles to camouflage them. Hill work and a well-fitting saddle is your friend! :)
    11-30-2011, 12:33 PM
Green Broke
I'm no saddle fitting expert, but her saddle appeared to look..I dunno how to describe looked like it was sinking into her back? Or like pinching her withers...I've switched pads from my plain 1inch pad to a thicker 1-1/2 stiffer wool pad, and sometimes the original pad with a wither pad. It probably doesn't help much that she is a bit out of shape in her topline.
    11-30-2011, 12:37 PM
Green Broke
I would def work on that topline then, this will also help you in halter classes.

Sometimes changing pads may help a saddle fit better, but usually it can make it worse. If the saddle is already pinching at the withers, a thicker pad will actually add pinching pressure. Think of wearing a pair of pants that are a little too small around the waist. Now think of taking a really THICK sweater and trying to tuck it into those pants, does it make them fit better, or worse? It's somewhat the same concept.
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    11-30-2011, 12:44 PM
Green Broke
But the thinner of pad I put, the worse it looks like it's pinching her...
And I've tried a wider saddle, and it REALLY looked like it fit her, but if you can tell from the first pic, she wound up getting some scarring around her withers. GAH.
Is there a forum on here for saddle fit? Lol I'll try to upload some pics soon and have somebody tell me if it looks right or not.

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