Originally Posted by RomanticLyric;507014[B
]One of the things I'm trying to work on with my OTTB mare is her headset. I know she can carry it nice and low, because she does when I walk her around to warm her up or cool her out, but when we trot she jacks it up, and at the canter it's not quite as bad, but still not as low as I'd like.[/B] I'm not really that concerned about "prettiness" right now, I just don't want her to be able to evade my cues (and develop unsightly under-the-neck muscles...eww).
Here are some things that I've thought about:
A. Her teeth don't seem to be bothering her, (she doesn't drop grain or chomp on the bit) but I'm going to get them floated in the spring, just in case.
B. The person who owned her for a few months before me rode her in some sort of weird (no offense to anyone) saddleseat elevated bit. So I think that might contribute to the problem. The fact that my mare dealt with it without trying to dump them constantly is a testament to her temperament, in my opinion.
C. I've been lunging her with success. I'm going to add in side reins and see if that helps.
D. If side reins go well, I'd like to add in draw reins while I'm riding her. I realize that they need to used with care and I shouldn't become completely reliant on them. I've used them before. I just think that it might help me communicate to her what I want.
Is there anything that I'm missing in my game plan? Is there anything else I need to consider? Advice? Cautions? Anything? All wisdom is appreciated.
At the canter he would bring it down, but he was still "la la la laring" all the way around. So once I got him to work he'd HAVE to use his back. A correct horse will only come by correct riding. A "plastic" horse will come by tools.