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post #1 of 3 Old 09-25-2011, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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How to get her to soften and lower her head?

Chanti has a problem with sticking her head too high and when I try to get her to relax and drop it a little she seems to just tense up and throws it up a little higher. On the lunge line when she does her slow western pleasure type jog she drops her head where it needs to be, she looks smooth and collected, just beautiful! Under saddle if I ask her for more speed up goes the head instantly and it's not smooth or pretty at all.
I have tried a sidepull, a plain O ring snaffle and recently a plain grazing bit curb type.
She does respond pretty well to leg cues and she neck reins pretty well in the curb but if I try to bump slightly with the reins while walking or just standing she starts tossing her head or just sticks it up. I can lower her head on the ground just fine by pulling back slightly then releasing and repeating.
I also want to be able to teach her to drop it and be a bit more collected because when she gets nervous or is paying attention to something else her head goes up and I feel like I have less control.
Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-25-2011, 09:19 AM
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Using a snaffle bit at the walk focus on when her left front hoof leaves the ground. Tell yourself "now, now". You will have a light contact with her mouth. When her hoof leaves the ground barely turn her head for the one stride and allow her to straighten. As that hoof leaves the ground it will also step sideways a little. Try walking a few steps and repeating each few steps. She should begin dropping her nose which means she is softening. Don't ask for faster gaits at this time as she needs to learn to soften first.
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Thanks! I'll try that.
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