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  • Horse never keeping head low when cantering

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    09-28-2012, 12:10 PM
Originally Posted by equinegirl26    
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?

Is she sore? Does the saddle fit? Is her canter rough so that you are slapping on her back at the canter?
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    09-28-2012, 12:21 PM
The arab mare I had all all of my teens and well into my twenties ( she is now a riding buddy for an older lady) that is like that.. I tried for years to get her to lower her head and it just never worked. She liked to keep it up in the air and look around (still does)..

I hear you guys on the low head thing... most of my riding life I rode arabs or higher headsetted mustangs...and a low head usually ment something bad (bucking, tripping ect) once I made my switch over to QH's it took me a while to get used to the lower head sets.
    09-28-2012, 03:57 PM
We found out what it was. She didn't like the metal clips on the end of my reins, once we took those off, she was amazing!

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