The head I actually do agree with. She's very sensitive and when you work her to get her soft she ends up down there. I do A LOT of trying to pick it up, I don't really work on putting the head down - rather getting the body in line. Sometimes the ends up with her too low. The up and down is probably because during the ride I'm pushing her body around and again she's sensitive. Definitely something to work on improving though thank you! I've been working on making her soft when I pick up my hand lately, so now it's time to smooth it out and make that head and neck more "solid".
Thankfully in the reining pen as long as your head isn't doing extreme things they don't pay to much attention to it. It just effect the overall picture.
And Tinyliny if you bump on her face she gets crazy over bridle (back to the sensitive thing). She works much better if you just hold your hand and push her with your legs. Much nicer way to ride too, we both stay happy :) I'm not a bumper, or at least I try not to be (used to have a bad habit years ago, taken awhile to get it to where it is) I don't think its truly effective. And when there are times I maybe do actually need to bump a bit I want it to really mean something so it's something I save until it's a last resort option.
She's in heat right now, and boy she overreacts to the bit. I gave up riding her this week because this is her first "spring" heat and I'm not trying to go anywhere at the moment I have a month before the first horse show.
Last edited by StylishK; 04-06-2012 at 08:18 PM.