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    02-23-2012, 07:45 PM
Neck Breaking?

So I've owned my QH for 4 and a half years and have noticed he rarely raises his head past this summer 095.jpg
And I read something a while back about people 'breaking' their necks so they will keep it low or collected, the only time he raises it is if he's spooked. Does anyone know anything about this? Or have a horse like this? Even when I ride and we w/t/c/g he head will be about this level or lower.
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    02-23-2012, 07:53 PM
Subbing, my horse kept his head at his knees level unless he was spooked. He was checked by a vet and a body worker and cleared.
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    02-23-2012, 08:47 PM
What breed is he? And age? Also what do you do with him? Lins?
    02-23-2012, 08:59 PM
Neck breaking?...

But a low headset is a sign of a relaxed horse.. they are only up if they feel threatened or want to be bigger or look at something far away (like strange moving shapes)
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    02-23-2012, 09:02 PM
^ This,

And, could that person have possibly been referring to "Breaking their necks" in the same context as "Breaking at the poll"? I've never heard it but I can see how someone would see that. Perhaps they meant neck breaking as trying to get the horse to yield to the bit or something or other from the point where its neck meets its shoulders? Makes zero sense to me but ya know....It would make the neck lower.
    02-23-2012, 09:03 PM
I have a mare who broke her neck. Her head cannot come up that far.
    02-23-2012, 09:17 PM
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He just looks relaxed to me, but if your are concerned (you know your horse the best) have the vet or chiropractor look at him? It could just be that he's out somewhere.
    02-23-2012, 09:27 PM
Hes been to the chiropractor before they never said anything. Anad the vets also. When he's mad or upset its always down its rarely up. That's what I ment Sorrel, it was in horse and rider I belive, showed what it looked like. At different points.
    02-23-2012, 09:28 PM
Well, ummm...He's a quarter horse. They naturally have that headset. They are bred for it.
    02-23-2012, 09:28 PM
People, please. Look at the angle at which his neck is attached to his body. There's nothing wrong with him, and that's his natural head carriage.

OP, someone's having a joke at your expense. Nobody breaks a horse's neck to make them carry their head lower.
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