Originally Posted by brookeabee123
Makes sense! When I first got him he was always very shifty with his body. He never actually moved, but you could definitely feel his muscles tense. I corrected this by always just walking him for at least a few minutes before beginning my actual warm up. My last horse had an extremely hard mouth so I've completely had to overhaul my riding and softening my hands and learning to ask before telling. My trainer thinks I'm ready to begin working on collecting. Is this what you mean by moving his nose?
No, in all honesty, it's almost the polar opposite. However, I am not there and I am not a trainer. I only mentioned the "long and low" (having horse move with his nose downward and out in front to build up relaxation of the back and to relax that under neck muscle) because I saw he had a bit of the overdevelopment from bracing against the bit/hand.
If he doesn't brace agans the hand and if he just carries his head in a natural position then he'll be fine. As that muscle ceases to be used to brace, it will literally start to atrophy back to its' normal size.
Long and Low is a dressage training movement, but it's good for any hrose that has braciness built into his neck.
Not seeing the hrose move and all, I think you should go by what your trainer thinks is the next step, not by an internet guess.