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post #21 of 23 Old 03-06-2013, 05:29 AM
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I know a mare who does "long and low" on her own. My 2 year old does it on the lunge line also (hasn't been started under saddle yet.) I do it with my mare when I warm her up. It helps stretch and work those back muscles. I don't think it's a bad thing at all. But if I pick up on my mare, she knows it's time to go to work. But she likes stretching, and apparently her daughter does too! lol
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post #22 of 23 Old 04-16-2013, 09:01 PM
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Nose to ground- got a new saddle

So- we got the new saddle. Even when free lunging him (only with a halter), he puts his nose all the way to the ground. I got some video of him at a walk and trot. Canter was hard. He was suspicious of what I had in my hand and would stop as soon as I brought it up to capture it on video.

After the vet, masseuse, and chiro came out- I am happy to report- (knock on wood) that the buck-bolt-and rear have not occurred again. We chalked it up to a small paddock injury that may have been bothering him more than the vet thought, or the ill fitting saddle.
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post #23 of 23 Old 04-16-2013, 10:53 PM
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Interesting what people are saying...

When a horse lowers his/her head, its usually a sign of being submissive. A horse who isn't submissive would have their head high in the air and a lot of other factors but I won't get into that.

But my filly does that, only lunging though.
Usually it just means they're calm, submissive, relaxed, etc. Its a good thing.

Here is my girl:
(If you want to skip the intro just go to 0:30 in the video)
Also kinda helps that Faith is bred to be more of a laid-back, level headed horse.
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