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    07-29-2007, 01:06 AM

I have a 13 year old QH mare. She is veryy sweet and I love her a lot. She is trained BIT reined, like english would be, and I was thinking..."would she be ok if I did english hunt seat with her..with an english bridle, bit, saddle..everything."

And keep in mind, she is an ex barrel racer. But I really want her to be english too. She is used to keeping her head somewhat low, and I don't want to pull the reins or anything tight to make her head stand up. I will not ever enter her in any shows, so it doesnt have to be perfect. Please help! What do you guys think?

Thanks!!! :)
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    07-29-2007, 01:50 PM
Quarter horses tend to carry their heads low, with their poll level to their withers, when trained for pleasure classes (either western or english.) Barrel horses usually have their heads higher than that. In either case, I don't think you really want to be causing her head to come up. Perhaps posting a photo of how she's going now would be helpful.
    07-29-2007, 02:03 PM
Well, with the new english bridle, I will NOT enter her in any shows, and the other thing is that I wont make her carry her head higher.

I will let her keep her head the way she is used to.

Barrel racers keep their head high enough. BUT!!!! She was never trained for a western class. So she doesnt keep her head that low! Thanks! :)

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