I recently acquired a 6 year old foundation quarter horse mare that is cow bred on both sides. The intent is to use her as a reined cow horse. I prefer my cow horses to keep their heads on the level, however "Bunny" will only carry her head level when at the walk or when you let her all out run. At the trot and the lope she all kinds of "giraffes" up. She gives her poll nicely, but when you ask her to break she tucks up underneath herself like an Arab rather than relaxing and putting her head down. I was wondering if you guys have any exercises for her to maybe build muscle in her neck and shoulders to make it easier for her to lower her head without tucking it that doesnt involve tying it between her knees or anything similar. Has anyone had an experience with German Martingales?
Thanks! Any input is appreciated.