So I have a green horse on my hands and things have actually been okay so far. I have almost gotten him to halt with just my seat now (he didn't know what stop meant when I got him). He will walk with a low headset, he will even get off his forehand a little and try to do some kind of a headset (he's come a long way with getting off the forehand too). But when he trots his headset is REALLY far up. It looks uncomfortable to be honest. I have a running martingale on him that is a little tight (don't have a leather puncher), but not enough to really interfere with his headset really.
He isn't my horse (was kind of dumped on me), but is also for sale and so I don't want to fork out a bunch of money to get him all fixed up and then sold (the owner is selling him, not me). I'm really hoping that it is just a training issue.... But I feel like that is wishful thinking.
So do you guy's have any training exercises that might help his headset? HELP! >.<
**Prince is a 17yo green german bred TB. He was on the track for a looong time (I think about 5 or 6 years). Then he sat in a pasture until he ended up at the auction and he was rescued by the lady that owns him. He was vet checked a year and a half ago and his flex tests came out great. He came to me looking pretty bad... But he has fattened up quite a bit and even filled out a little.
He's a super willing horse; he's a people pleaser. Just a wonderful guy, really.