Originally Posted by COWCHICK77
Yes ma'am, that does makes sense. So what do you with a horse that doesn't pull on the bit. He only does it on a loose rein.
(Sorry ButtInTheDirt...I hijacked your thread...hopefully your getting some suggestions out of this!)
Well there is a technique that I was taught. It's called "combing" the reins, and depending on how you do it, it encourages the horse (gently) to lift their head up or work it down. It works on some horses, I don't like it because there are better ways to work with it. But here you go: The quest for Equipoise: Combing the reins
The only difference is you want to bring your horse's head UP, so you'd turn your palms up and comb them like that, instead of down. Then once you have his head up at the walk, move to the trot.. then the canter. Start at a halt and release as soon as the horse begins to come up. Please don't overdue it... like other tools, if used too much without breaks or used incorrectly, it can cause problems.