Originally Posted by ropinbiker
OP, since this is a former rope horse, it will take quite a bit of time for him to get used to not "bracing" against contact...we ropers like our horses to avoid the contact so that when we do contact them with the bit, they either drop the hind end to "set" the cow for the turn; or they should be stopping and backing up....
One way to get him used to this is to ask him to back while keeping his head low from the start(most will usually pick the head up a bit when they start to back); then, once you get this ask him to keep his head there(low) after you quit queing the back; once he is good at that, then ask for forward movement while in contact with the bit....and keep progressing up with your speed...
Alot of ropers never worry about headset, only that the horse moves off the bit, so your horse is just doing what he thought you wanted
And to add, I don't think his headset is that high....
ropin, I tried your suggestion with my horse, the one in my avatar. I have been trying to get her to lower her head for quite a while now and nothing has really worked well. She hates bit contact and if I try to use that to lower her head, she refuses the bridle on her next tacking up.
We have already developed a lovely backup, soft and nice poll flexion. We back frequently while riding to reinforce a good stop and using her hind end.
So, I backed her and didn't let her walk off unless her head was low. It took 3 times, and she was moving off with a nice low head! Then, if the head shot back up, I would whoa and back and start over. Awesome!!
Thanks Ropin!((hug)) Posted via Mobile Device