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    04-12-2008, 11:04 PM
Higher headset.

I am training a Western horse to be an English horse, and I need help with his headset. I don't have any pictures of him, but this is where his head is right now:

It's very low, like Western Pleasure low. I want to do jumping and Hunter classes, so I need to get his head higher, like this:

How do I go about doing this?
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    04-12-2008, 11:42 PM
Almightytarzan5, here is a similar thread with my reply to this problem:
I hope it helps!
    04-13-2008, 09:26 AM
Thanks JDI!
    04-14-2008, 06:13 AM
All sorted?
    04-14-2008, 04:15 PM
Ummm...kinda of, but not really. My horse doesn't get strung out, he just holds his head low. I want to know how to get his head up without collecting him. I also want a lot of opinions!
    04-15-2008, 11:35 PM
Have you ever considered a dumb jockey?
    04-16-2008, 02:52 PM
What's a dumb jockey? I've never heard of that. He also has problems with tucking his head, like making his neck round and giving to the bit. Will lunging him with a surcingle and side reins help?
    04-16-2008, 06:47 PM
A dumb jockey is a training device. Its like a thing that sticks up from the top of a surcingle that you snap an overcheck to and it aids in the horse raising its head and dropping its backend but its not good for someone who doesn't know how to use it. How you considered long lining instead of just lunging? It would give you move control of the mouth, raise it up, tuck in the nose, rounding the top line, lightening the mouth, strengthening the back end, and it can aid in slowing and rounding the canter, the list goes on and on what long lining can do.
    04-17-2008, 03:30 PM
Well I was thinking or side reins. I might try them, then try long reins.
    04-22-2008, 09:01 PM
I don't know if side reins would ask for a higher headset.

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