I have two horses, one being a Paint just about to turn four and one being a Thoroughbred around the age of 16.
I just got my Thoroughbred about two years ago and just started riding my Paint and while having the TB I have mainly been focusing on calming her down and getting her to the point where she doesn't want to take off when I mount or ask her to move. Now that I have her calmer to the point where she is able to W/T/C with a nice flowing rhythm, I still don't feel she is very collected.
I have gotten a fairly nice headset from her with a lot of patience and effort with her constantly wanting to throw her head up. Finally, she is able to hold it for a few seconds with me trying very nicely to urge her on to keep it. However, this does not seem to help. And so my question is, how can I keep her head set to the point where I don't have to CONSTANTLY seesaw my reins and urge her forward to keep it down. Is there a way or something I can work on to make her eventually keep it on her own?