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post #1 of 19 Old 05-28-2010, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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how do I train my young horse to have that western pleasure head set?

Hi there I have a 16hh quarterhorse mare that just turned four and was just started last month. She sometimes holds her head in that nice western pleasure head set but then looses it...wondering what I could do to work on it...and make her do it all the time. My trainer says not to involve the side reins when im lunging her yet so I would love some tips on what to do when Im on her. A friend says I keep constant pressure on both reins until she drops and then I exaggerate the release??? I did that today and most of the time she didnt really drop her head. Any help would be great :) thanks all
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-28-2010, 09:01 PM
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Well it depends on the horse and bit, with my one gelding I just bump him and he levels his head out, with my other gelding I bring his reins back in fourth (jogging hand movement) and he lowers his head. Whenever they bring up there head I immedeltly bumb there heads back then, they eventually got the idea.
Sorry am not much help. :(
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My horse seems to have been trained to lower his head with a squeeze from the legs.....
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The horse was started a month ago. Don't expect a "headset" until the horse is balanced and working back to front and rides up into the bridle. The "headset" is collection, not just making them put their head in a certain spot. It is about the hindquarters, and working properly.

I don't get why people go straight for lowering the head, when there are so many much more important things that need to happen at the early stages of the game. Leave the head alone and teach the horse to move forward. Keeping constant pressure on the bit at this stage of the game will just be conflicting. Do I stop? Do I go? What does she want?

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The horse was started a month ago. Don't expect a "headset" until the horse is balanced and working back to front and rides up into the bridle. The "headset" is collection, not just making them put their head in a certain spot. It is about the hindquarters, and working properly.

I don't get why people go straight for lowering the head, when there are so many much more important things that need to happen at the early stages of the game. Leave the head alone and teach the horse to move forward. Keeping constant pressure on the bit at this stage of the game will just be conflicting. Do I stop? Do I go? What does she want?

Teach the horse how to move and then refine it. Stay off of his mouth.
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Wow.... ok thanks everyone
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The horse was started a month ago. Don't expect a "headset" until the horse is balanced and working back to front and rides up into the bridle. The "headset" is collection, not just making them put their head in a certain spot. It is about the hindquarters, and working properly.

I don't get why people go straight for lowering the head, when there are so many much more important things that need to happen at the early stages of the game. Leave the head alone and teach the horse to move forward. Keeping constant pressure on the bit at this stage of the game will just be conflicting. Do I stop? Do I go? What does she want?

Teach the horse how to move and then refine it. Stay off of his mouth.
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