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post #1 of 3 Old 10-18-2013, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on training/schooling my horse please, desperate!! :))

I own a 15hh seven year old skewbald mare and have owned her since she was four. She is built quite downhill with a rather large body, dainty legs a very small neck which has caused many problems with fitting a saddle as every one would slip forward massively. Recently I've been working on her flat work after recently having a saddle made for her and have been trying to work her into an outline as her head used to be constantly sticking straight out, low, her ears used to be back and she looked so uncomfortable and unhappy. After sorting the saddle out and beginning to work her in an outline, I've seen a massive improvement in her moods, how she moves and her ears are constantly pricked forward now, but I was just wondering whether anyone has any training regimes in which I could follow to build the muscle up on her neck and shoulder and if there are any types of bits that could keep her head in withot her falling on it. Thank you, Hannah.
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Search the dressage forums with regards to your question. Key words "headset" "frame" and "on the bit"
There are tons of amazing posts with a ton of information for you to read and learn.

#1: forget her head. You do NOT need a bit to make her tuck her head. The horse's head will be correct when the body is correct. You can set the head when the body is incorrect, but when everything else is correct, the head will be too. The head is a good ornament. Forget it. Focus on the body.

To learn about the body, search the forums. Tons and tons of information.

Very good on you to have corrected the saddle issue :) I'm sure she's exceedingly thankful to have a saddle that fits well.
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Hi Hannah and welcome to the forum. Do you have any pictures of your horse you could post as that is always helpful? What do you want to do with her - pleasure ride, compete, etc.? Quite frankly, if it was me (as I'm mostly a trail rider) I wouldn't worry too much about the headset as long as she is going along comfortably and quietly. On the other hand, if you are interested in showing, the cards may be stacked against you if she is indeed downhill, perhaps short necked and possibly straight in the shoulder - you'll have to work that much harder to get her collected properly and it may never look as elegant as the horse with more balanced conformation. I don't hold with doing headsets as such (it only fools the unenlightened); as JustDressageIt said - get the body working the way it should and the head and neck fall into place to the best of their ability.
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