Originally Posted by amberly
Hello Anthony! I am only a year behind ya.
May I ask why you are using those tie down things? My guess is to control his head swinging - but do you use it every time you ride?
This is actual a "Training Fork" commonly seen in western events... This is used to keep this mare's head down and to help her stretch into the bridle better. Basically, when the reins are pulled they are pulled down and straight to her chest instead of up towards my hands, encouraging but not FORCING a lower head. They are used for most lesson kids because it can be very difficult to ride this mare without it, since she has a bucking habit at times.