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post #1 of 23 Old 09-27-2012, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Cantering with high head

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My Saddlebred/Arabian mare has a problem with carrying her head up extremely high. I use a neck relaxer on her at walt/trot, but at the canter she fights against it and carries her head high again. She does it at all gaits, so I just use a neck relaxer at walk/trot. Any ways to fix this?

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post #2 of 23 Old 09-27-2012, 10:35 PM
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what exactly is a neck relaxer??
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what exactly is a neck relaxer??
It's like a elastic thing that goes over their poll, through the bit, and down to the girth.
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Subbing! I have a Saddlebred/Arab mare as well,who has the same problem..
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Most National Show Horses have a natural higher head carriage as do Saddlebreds & Arabs.
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Most National Show Horses have a natural higher head carriage as do Saddlebreds & Arabs.
Yeah, I know. But it's not very fun trying to lower it for hunter/jumper..
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Can't fight genetics. If you have a horse who is built to carry it's head high, there is only so much you can comfortably do.
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Sorry! I cannot offer a 'fix' for genetics.

They're bred to be 'Park Horses' and high stepping Saddle Seat and Fine Harness horses. They are selectively bred to be high headed and high stepping horses. You just need a more appropriate horse for your intended purpose.

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But you could teach it to lower it's head..
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Just a side note, strapping a hors's head down like that is actually going to do the opposite of what you want. The horse will often brace the undermuscles of its neck when forced into a position - building up under muscle so as soon as you release its head, it's going to be even more inclined to carry it higher.

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