Neck Stretchers, yes or no?

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    07-01-2010, 07:08 PM
Neck Stretchers, yes or no?

The trainer at my barn (not my personal trainer) has suggested that I use a neck stretcher with my horse. She is very hollow when she moves, always has her head in the clouds.

I've never used one, but I'm open to it if it'll work. Thoughts? Anyone had success with one?
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    07-01-2010, 09:01 PM
I have no idea what a neck stretcher is, but I'm a no simply because I don't believe in the use of gadgets. If your horse has naturally high head carriage, it is what it is. With proper training, you can change it from rigid giraffe head to soft flexible head, but the head's going to stay where it is.
    07-01-2010, 09:16 PM
The short answer - no. The best way to encourage a horse to stretch forward and downward is the correct way - ie. Learning to do it yourself without the aid of some type of rope or bungee tying the horses face to it's chest.
    07-12-2010, 07:06 PM
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Sorry, I missed this thread when it came out, Coffee. I had never heard of a neck stretcher, and when I looked it up, the list of cons I read on this page made me think bad idea. Sounds like a shortcut, and a poor one at that.

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    07-12-2010, 11:17 PM
Thanks for the replies. I actually went out and bought one, but it was a waste of money because the day I bought it my mare decided to start putting her head and down and relax. Go figure!

So I haven't used it and it's just taking up space in my tack trunk. Anyone want a neck stretcher? Lol

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