Hi everyone, before I ask my question I do want you to know I have never competitively jumped a horse, nor taken any jumpers classes so I am not here to upset anyone. My question is that it seems to be the common practice to not give the horse it's head when jumping over an obsticle, to me this doesnt make much sense. Wouldnt it be better to allow the horse a natural head movement during a jump? When watching footage of jumpers it just seems uncomfortable and not structurely sound to be jumping a horse this way. I would like to understand why it is done so. I love the jumpers sport and hope by this time next year I have my own horse to start training with, but I would like to know the reasoning behind the "tugging" on the head. Also I have seen some articles where some trainers do allow a free head, does anyone follow this practice, if so have you seen a better jumping style compared to the restricted?
Thank you all