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    08-13-2011, 09:26 PM
Head Collection Problem

I have a great show jumper on my hands: On a lunge line, she's jumping 5 feet, no problem, no sweat. She's a 15.3 SaddlebredxCleveland Bay mare, with thick legs, a long scopy back, long leck, and powerful hindquarters. She will litterally jump anything you throw at her.

Her problem: She has no head collection whatsoever. I do not ride her in a martingale, and I haven't entered her in a show before. When she gets nervous or excited, her head will go way up, but not straight up, as a lot of green arabs and morgans do. When I ask her to lower her head, she looses her power over jumps and is more likely to knock a rail.

For shows, should I just let her keep her head up if it will give us a more likely win?
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    08-13-2011, 10:44 PM
Green Broke
There is no such thing as collection in a horse's head. Collection comes from the hind end of the horse.

Forcing his head into a false frame will only hurt your horse's ability to jump. Leave it alone! And then learn how to work your horse in a way that balances and strengthens your horse properly so he has a chance at the bigger stuff. That will set your horse up for success.

Also, horses will raise their head to see something better.
    08-14-2011, 12:01 AM
Thank you ^^

I will post a video of her one of these days. She has graceful movement and is very strong in her hind end, but I was told to keep her head low and bring collection to her head and neck which would round her out. I was told by someone that show jumpers need to keep their head and neck somewhat collected. *heh* That's why I'm coming here to HF, instead of just going off of what she said(even though she rides Dressage and Hunter Jumper, never a day of jumpers in her life)

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