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post #1 of 14 Old 10-25-2012, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Neck stretcher?

I've started using a neck stretcher on my lease. At first, he was acting fine but at about 1/3 of the lesson he started moving abnormally. He started ignoring my leg and my hands.
He's used the neck stretcher before, he just hasn't used it in a while.

Also, I was wondering if a beginner can cause a horse to, over time, become unresponsive?

I also have no control over using the neck stretcher or not, and I have no control over who rides him because I only lease him.

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-25-2012, 09:52 AM
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Also, I was wondering if a beginner can cause a horse to, over time, become unresponsive?
I have to say a definite yes. Go to any trail riding facility and you will find horses with no mouths that won't react to even the biggest kick. For example, there is a beautiful Clydesdale where I go riding. When they first got him, I was immediately in love - he was soft and supple and responded brilliantly. Now, 3 years later, it takes a good half hour of work on the trail before he even starts to respond. On the final leg of the ride, I could get him to weave around trees and sidestep rocks. It was impossible earlier on.

In that sense though, unresponsive horses do sometimes pay attention when they are forced to. It's not something you can't fix.
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Thank you.
I definitely won't be leasing him for 3 years, and in three years he'll probably be too easy for me or I'll own him.
He's just a very responsive horse and I don't want him to become a lesson horse. D:
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Is this what you mean by "neck stretcher"? The hot pink thing?



If that is the case, why is it being used on the horse? What does he do to merit it?

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Is this what you mean by "neck stretcher"? The hot pink thing?



If that is the case, why is it being used on the horse? What does he do to merit it?
Hmmm I've seen all manner of devices, never seen something set up this way....
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I have also heard what Claporte posted there, called a rhythm collecter.
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From google, it would seem that a neck stretcher is just a nice name for a tie down. In which no, don't use one. If you want a responsive horse, you are asking for the opposite as it is forced.
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Ok, different name, same device?
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Ok, different name, same device?
Looks to be, it's just a bungie cord that attaches from bit to girth.


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Looks to be, it's just a bungie cord that attaches from bit to girth.


Neck Stretcher - Tack Accessories from SmartPak Equine
Ok, wow what a stupid name 'neck stretcher' lol! Just a different name on an old device....I wonder if there is different names for these devices because sometimes a tie down has no give, and I guess a 'neck stretcher' (dumb name!) has some give considering its rubberized?
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