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post #11 of 14 Old 10-04-2009, 06:16 PM
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Like others have said - a lot of it has to do with your discipline and the build of your horse. My horse tends to keep his head more level, while my husband's horse goes more upright. The big thing is to make sure the horse is relaxed & then they will carry it wherever is comfortable.

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post #12 of 14 Old 10-04-2009, 07:50 PM
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If a horse carries its head very low I don't like it cause I feel like I will fall over them/don't have control on the reins.

By the same token if a horse is holding its head really really high it makes me nervous.. because I feel they are too excited to listen.


Somewhere in the middle is nice.. but definitely higher than lower... I want to have a neck to land on if I do go flying.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-06-2009, 12:57 AM
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When I'm trail riding, as long as the horse's head isn't dragging on the ground, or in my face, I am not too particular on how he wants to carry it.

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post #14 of 14 Old 10-09-2009, 05:24 PM
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In dressage you want the head at a verticale angle with a round neck, where the crest(or poll) is the highest point. In hunters the horse usually carries their head more down. In stadium, show jumping, and XC, it doesn't matter as long as you clear them jumps!

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