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        02-23-2012, 10:49 PM
    My horse was about 35 years old when he died. He walked around in the field with his chin literally 3 inches from the ground. People always thought he was injured and sick. He also had brain damage from rearing and flipping over violently repeatedly. So that may have been why. It does seem like that is your horses natural head carriage though so no worried :)
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        02-23-2012, 10:55 PM
    Neck breaking, do you mean where some "trainers" force the horse to carry his head low with side reins, or draw reins or whatever they are called? I have also seen where the reins go through pulleys and there are hobble like things on the back legs, every time the horse takes a step it cranks his mouth forcing him to learn to keep his head low and tucked to avoid the pain
        02-23-2012, 10:57 PM
    Alot of people use rein aids, can't remember what they are called, for too long and break the neck (not literally) but the muscles into that place so that they carry their heads "natrally" that way. Not all QH have the same head setting. And he can't raise it much higher, the only way is when he wants to rear and his front hoofs come off the ground. In the picture is higher then usual for him its lower most of the time.
        02-23-2012, 11:02 PM
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    I have to agree with SpeedRacer, I think someone is feeding you a story...I've never heard of anyone breaking their horse's neck to get the horse to hold it's head lower...If you're referring to people using draw reins and the horse's head building that muscle to hold their head lower, yes, some people do that..It in NO way breaks their neck..Your horse (in the picture) is holding his head at a natural setting, some horses just hold their head lower than others..That doesn't mean their neck has been broken or that their muscles are "broken" to make them hold their head down.
        02-23-2012, 11:07 PM
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        02-23-2012, 11:13 PM
    Hes looks relaxed. I wish my horse did this haha, he's always soo curious, raising his head as high as he can go to look over things that could hide food or something scary. Only time he keepts it lower is when he isnt feeling too good or when I get him to bring his head down.
    I hate the sound of -breaking a horses neck-
        02-23-2012, 11:20 PM
    My mare's natural position is level or lower than her withers, she is a paint mare, reining bred... it is her natural way of going, and as I show in hunt seat and western pleasure, it is an advantage for us... your quarter horse is almost certainly just bred to carry himself low... he is a cutie.

    Cheers, Kris

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