I've been working for the past 3 or 4 months with my Arab, Image, on getting a proper headset. I'm so proud of him and I wanted to share how far we've come! He's 13 and has never had a headset except when his first owners used a tie-down. They used a Tom Thumb bit that he absolutely hated, so he'd jerk is head in the air to get away from it; their solution was tying his head down. His previous owners took away the tie-down and put a Dr. Bristol in his mouth (which I still use) but he was still scared of the bit and never accepted; in turn he would jack his head in the air to get away from any and all mouth contact. First we worked on teaching him that the bit is okay, then on to accepting it, then on to his headset. We originally wanted to train him to do hunter/jumpers, but after doing the bit training with him my trainer and I have decided he'd be a lot better for dressage
The first picture is us in a show a month after I bought him, and the 2nd and 3rd picture are from yesterday (he looks a lot more hunter than dressage in the 3rd picture, though, and ignore the fact that I'm riding dressage in a jumping saddle, haha). The 4th picture is just him looking cute It's poopy quality pictures, but I'm so proud of him; there were so many days I just wanted to give up and cry because I didn't think I had what it takes to help him through this. His trot is phenomenal and I've recently started working on his canter these past couple weeks, and he's starting to get a hang of keeping his headset at the canter.