I am new to this forum and am desparately seeking some advice about a De Gogue. I own a lovely 15.3 Fresian cross Thoroughbred mare. She is six years old and I have had her for less than a year now. She has never been schooled properly by previous owners, and as a result of a combination of factors, including her Fresian blood she has a very high head carriage. She has developed incorrect muscles on the underside of her neck as apposed to the ridge of her neck, due to incorrect schooling and does not engage her hind quaters as a result of this.
My instructor has advised me to ride her in a De Gogue in order to try and develop the correct muscles in her neck, but I am getting so many different and very severe opinions regarding this device. I am not a hugely experienced rider, but do have soft hands and work diligently on a correct seat. My instructor is a very experienced woman, but everyone I have spoken to so far as completely lambasted me about using a De Gogue.
Please if anyone has a constructive opinion regarding this?