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        07-13-2009, 01:41 PM
    Question HELP, me with my pony

    i know many of the people were I live think that ponies heads are naturally head up compared to horses

    well a little background information: she's approx. 8 years old just turned 8 in march, she's a rescue, ex-gymkhana (gamer), previous cattle horse training...

    she's my first horse and i've trained her on my own, and i've had at least 5 years of exp. With horse before owning her. (i know that's not a real long time but I love it so much & I bought her)

    for english i'm using a kimberwick (low port)
    for western i'm using a tumb tom w/ copper rollers

    she's really a quick learner and LOVES people...

    but I need help with:
    • keeping her head down
    • slowing down her jog, and lope
    Here's some pictures
    Here Jog

    Here lope

    Her Deep Dark Bay
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        07-13-2009, 01:45 PM
    Why did you choose the bits you are riding in?

    I don't think her head is high at all. Where do you want it to be? Lots of circles, serpentines, and transitions will help her start to use herself and
        07-13-2009, 01:47 PM
    I would echo that, why use those bits. If you want a western look when riding that style just use a curb or bar. You also CAN use a snaffle in western

    Is she trained western or both? I'd give her a little more rein. She looks like she's holding her head fine to me
        07-13-2009, 01:58 PM
    Yes her head carriage looks fine, I hate when they force a horse to carry his head nearly on the ground yucky to me :)
        07-13-2009, 02:00 PM
    She's very sensitive to bits, so I don't need a large bit with a huge port, and english I use the kimberwick because she listens to it very well, and it just enough so I can get her attention, and she's better suited for english and i'm in the process of training her for western...she's coming along nicely I just need advice on getting her speed correct, and in the pictures they are down but she brings it up often...
        07-13-2009, 02:20 PM
    You can use a martingale if you want to help her keep her head down. If she is very sensative to bits then a tom thumb is not the best choice. Of course its up to you but I'm just not a fan of the bit.

    Today's Horse - The Trouble with Tom Thumb

    Here's an interested article on bits and head carrage
    Bits and Their Mechanics
        07-13-2009, 02:29 PM
    So what did would you suggest for western?
    She's not overly sensitive but I think she just wouldn't look happy
        07-13-2009, 03:16 PM
    I'm going to have to disagree with IdahoCowgirl on the martingale. First off, her head carriage looks just fine to me, and in general, martingales are just a quick fix to a problem that should be solved with training. In your case, a martingale, used correctly, would do nothing to make her head lower.
        07-13-2009, 03:53 PM
    I agree with Chev in that the horses head placement looks fine to me. As I said before.

    Personally I use a grazing curb bit, but my mare is a little onry hehe. I don't use martingales either her head carriage is fine for me.

    Are you just looking for the LOOK of a longer shank? Something like this
    I've never used one but I have heard the mullen port bits are easier on the mouth.

    Or just a longer shank snaffle
        07-13-2009, 09:14 PM
    Ok, thanks. I don't care what the bit looks like, as long as it does the job :]]

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