This is me on my stallion last year (as a four year old); his first season showing and my first season since I was in 4-H. Please critique my western pleasure form (what should I do differently??). Also, the judge is this class had asked me to work on establishing my stallion's head-set and slowing his gaits a bit. Any training methods that have been succussful for anyone?? He is coming along in this area, but he really tends to lay on the bit and is rather stiff on it until he is really warmed up. I would love training ideas to soften him on the bit and establish his western posture so that my photos this year show the improvement :)
lol umm it is really hard to explain the best thing that I would suggest is to find a trainer or somebody that no's how to do it and can show you...it is one thing to show somebody how to do it and then there is what I am doing now and it is really hard to explain so yeh if you cannot find someone to do it or if you cannot find a trainer then I will be more than happy to try and explain it for you
I will look for someone to show me visually :) I have currently been asking and releasing when his head hits that position. I think he may soon find it more comfortable than the arched position shown above and seek that position more easily.
My biggest issue now is that I need so much direct contact to perform maneuvers that it is difficult to let him strech out like that on the loose rein. I think as he gets quicker with his neck and leg yields (which is slowly happening), it will become easier to reinforce the headset.
The photo really helped me though; I had forgotten about the neck line being even with the back.
lol yeh it is better to be taught by someone showing you I think that you get more of an understanding of what is being asked but all of what you want him to do will come in time...he is doing really good for being a 4 year old though...well I hope that I have helped a little bit and good luck with everything