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post #1 of 3 Old 05-31-2012, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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My quest for knowledge

So far my only goal is to become a well balanced trail rider, but as I always tell my children, knowledge is power. So you may start to see lots of questions about differnt types of riding from me.
While at my lesson barn, I have been watching the reiners & western pleasure people. What is the purpose of the super low head set of the horses? Did one horse do it naturally & the look caught on & then people started training for it?

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-31-2012, 11:04 AM
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It's more just attractive to people than functional. A lot of western pleasure riders started to prove how broke there horses are by keeping them super slow with a long rein, and the head set shows how broke the horse is too, because everyone knows most horses do not choose to lope around with their heads at their knees! haha. I'm no expert, but that's what I've heard about it from trainers.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-31-2012, 12:29 PM
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I heard that with a low head it is easier to rope with out the horses head getting in the way. As well as shooting guns. And other such things to go along with that in western riding.
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