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post #1 of 3 Old 06-12-2009, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question how to get a western head set

before i bought my horse, he was used as i breeding stallion-- his previous owner never trained him under saddle

for whatever reason, he was sold to a friend who gelded him-- and started working with him (though still EXTREMELY green when i bought him)

i was well aware of all of this when i bought-- and for having next to no training, he never did anything bad (he only tried to buck me off once, and it was totally my fault... its a long story)

anyway my point is that i think that he would make an excellent wp pleasure horse

at a walk, his headset is beautiful-- but at the jog, he becomes stung out

what can i do to correct this?
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-13-2009, 07:22 AM
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Lots of circles and lots of circles and lots of circles. LOL ;)
Transitions, serpentines, and circles at every gait will help him to collect himself and also lower his headset.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-13-2009, 08:07 AM
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First off, before even thinking about an appropriate topline, you need to get the training in him to strengthen it. Does he give to the snaffle? Break and the pole and flex in either direction? Can you pick up his shoulder, rib cage, and hind quarters? If not, I would start there. Get him BROKE.
Then, as stated before, I would work on strengthening that topline with serpentines (Collected), circles, and counter arcs.
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