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    10-21-2010, 03:53 AM
All horses are built differently and will carry their heads comfortably when they're allowed to. I believe the key to getting a horse to "carry its head low" (rather, collect itself) starts not in the shoulder or neck or mouth, but in the rump. A horse that is driving from behind will round itself out and most often will not get above the bit, which gives that horrible hollow-backed-nose-out effect. Anyway, back to what I was saying about horses being built differently... consider western pleasure and the wide variety of horse breeds that compete in it.

Arabian in WP:

QH in WP:

The same discipline, two completely different looks. Never resort to pulling on your reins and strapping all sorts of devices to your horse to get his head "down".
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    10-25-2010, 02:31 PM
What breed is your horse? I don't know about stock horse WP because the head is not on the verticle, but in arab WP the head is on the verticle and from there it's all about softness & collection.
    10-25-2010, 03:57 PM
BTW, Arabian WP is stunning to watch. GORGEOUS animals :]
    10-25-2010, 04:08 PM
Originally Posted by Snookeys    
BTW, Arabian WP is stunning to watch. GORGEOUS animals :]
They are! :)
I'm a sucker for arab wp & hunter classes.

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