A friend of mine asked me if I would show their mare that had 4 months of western pleasure training. I said sure.
So I went out to ride her and I noticed right of the bat that she did not have a western pleasure carriage at all. She has a very athletic build and her head does not sit in a position conducive to a western pleasure horse. Her neck is a little short and her back is a little long and she lacks that nice top line that a western pleasure horse has.
Issues: at a walk her head is just slightly up, but not bad. If you ask her to speed up her head pops up "even just to extend the walk". If you bump her and ask her to lift her belly she puts her nose in the air. If you put draw reins on her she will tuck her nose but still have her head up and you you have to constantly stay on the bit "I did not use draw reins trainer did". Martingale was that same way, it did not bring the head down only got her behind the vertical with an over flexed neck. If you try to just use reins she will tuck her nose and back up. So she will not go on the bit nor will she give to the bit and she don't carry her head level. All of this after 4 months of western pleasure training. I understand that her body is not really good for western pleasure, but she still should give to pressure. Where should I start?