Just something interesting I stumbled across
I was reading a book called 'understanding your horse' when I stumbled across a couple of interesting pieces of information.
You know how we all like our horses on the bit? Engaging their hindquarters, head dropped down nicely (not over bent!) and really flexing? Well according to this book, when a horse is on the bit it is very uncomfortable, and an unnatural position for the horse. It seems you shouldn't try to get your horse on the bit what so ever, but just leave them be with what ever natural head carriage they have. Also, when on the bit, it seems they can't see as well as a horse that is holding its head in its natural position.
I'm not entirely sure, and I'm just relating this info to you guys, to see what you think.
My horses naturally hold their heads slightly high, but their faces are vertical to the ground, so I don't worry. As long as my three don't poke out their noses, or become over bent, I leave them.
The other piece of information I found:
According to this book, circles are one of the hardest things a horse has to do. In the wild, or in the field, it seems they would never go in circles, unless there was a behavioral problem. Even 20 metre circles are very difficult. Apparently on very small circles, horses can injure their necks and backs, and legs as well as having to endure a lot of stress.
Just to be aware, this isn't my opinion, and I took this from the book.
In my opinion if this way of thinking is correct, it will take a long time for people to come round to it, and for the image of a horse on the bit to leave their minds entirely. The dressage world in particular will take a long time to come round to this, or maybe it won't at all. Who knows?
I think, as long as the horse is supple, and is working well without being forced, they should be let be.
What do you think?