This might be a simple question for some but certainly pretty difficult for me. (please note: I am not that good with horse terminology so bear with me)
I had a riding lesson yesterday and for the third time I had to ride (Polthos a welsh x something) horse. Firstly he is huge, bulky and has lots of hair on his feet. You might get the idea of the horse I am talking about.
Anyhow, the horse kept his head low all the time even when trotting and cantering. I could not understand what could be the problem. I tried to keep his head high by keeping my reins short but then it was hard to keep him trotting. When loosen reins a bit he keeps his head low again. It was pretty difficult to control him because of his share size and strength (my arms are still aching).
Saying that, later on in the lesson he was pretty easy to control though kept his head low.
I tired to ask my trainer how to keep his head high and she said he must be feeling lazy so kick him and keep him in active trott. Though it seemed he was quite active while trotting to me however his head was still down which was a mystery to me (I didn't bother asking my trainer again as I thought she would reply the same again).
I don't know how to keep his head high. I tried to tell him "General horses always keep their heads high!!" but I guess they don't understand our language.