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post #1 of 4 Old 10-20-2010, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Too Low headset?

I have a 5 year old paint that I am re-starting due to sitting for a year or so from me being prego :) I became pregnant shortly after purchasing him so didn't have a ton of ride time on him before he started to sit. I have recently started putting some time on him and have discovered he has a REALLY low headset. I am NOT remembering his headset being quite so low when I purchased him. I would say his headset was 'level' when I purchased him. In the field, he moves out fine and keeps his head above level when running around. I am just curious if anyone has a clue why this might be? He wasn't trying to buck and has a super soft mouth/ rode him in a snaffle and training fork to start with, then took the fork off when his headset was too low for comfort. He seemed pretty relaxed and wasn't acting sore at all. Your comments will be appreciated! Thanks
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-20-2010, 08:20 PM
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It sounds like he may be heavy on the forehand. After sitting for a year he's lost all of the muscles that he was using to properly carry himself so you'll want to start pushing him forward again to get that rear end underneath him.

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My paint mare has this issue right now too, she is also 5. She wasn't worked with much before I got her (ridden every couple of weeks) and I know what you mean, it still feels very soft and forward and nice but after watching video of her she looks to be dragging herself along even though it feels very together. I have been doing a lot of lateral work with her which seems to be helping and as she engages her hindquarters more her headset has come up quite a bit (but still soft and can be encouraged to go down as I give her more rein). So i would say just focus in on getting him to drive from behind and honestly as long as he is not behind the bit a low headset is fine (I prefer long and low), just as long as he is balanced, driving from his quarters and his back is coming up into you in relaxation.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-20-2010, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for the responses, I was thinking it possibly could be a lack of muscle issue, but was wondering if anyone else has had this problem before... thanks!
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