Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Jehanzeb, A Western horse will typically carry his head low and that's a good thing. That is what most riders want to achieve. That being said, how low is low and was his nose straight out or was his face vertical to the ground?
You didn't mention what bit he was on but I'm hoping that if you were riding with short reins that it was a snaffle. When you held the reins short, hoping to elevate his head, you were actually stopping his forward movement.
If he was moving freely and being responsive, that is just his natural head carriage and should be left alone. If he was stumbling over himself as he walked then he was being lazy and you need to ride with more leg and seat. Slouching in the saddle means you are no longer "riding" him and he will get lazy.
One other option may be just as highlander suggested and that he is just tired of the ring and beginners thumping on him.
Some pictures would really help.
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Last edited by iridehorses; 11-05-2008 at 08:51 AM.