First off, I have to admit that I am a pure pleasure rider. Ruby apppears to be trained for the same. Well, sort of. Over the next few days/weeks I will be attempting to pinpoint areas that I would like some minor to moderate improvement on, so here we go.
There are several "back yard barns" in our immediate area, and a handful of nicer stables. Everytime we hit the trails, I particularily love seeing the other horses out riding.
One thing I have noticed is that most horses will be holding their heads atleast somewhat upright. Some horses' necks are about 20-20 degrees off of horizontal, some higher.
Ruby, well, she holds her head where her neck is more paralell to the ground. I would like her to hold her head a bit higher. Would it be nice if she held her head high like a show horse? -yes, of course, but it's not necessary.
How can I train her to hold her head higher. If I walk on the ground next to her (with a lead) and force her to hold her head up, she will for a few moments, and then slouch back down. If I could get her to walk with her head in this position, I would be exstatic!