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Saddleseat Riders and Trainers!
So I have my Saddlebred gelding that I broke in January this year (He's 3), and I want to get his head up. I did everything for him by myself (training/breaking etc.) So I still don't have a trainer, and I dont see one in my near future. I need help getting his head and feet up. After winter he is getting shoes, but chains dont work on him, and stretchies kind of do? Help with the stretchies too please... But mainly, how do I get his head up?? PLease help
I used to have a TWH, who I did saddle seat with.
To get a horse to hold his head in that high position takes a lot of conditioning, etc. My TWH used to have his nose in the air..
This his him 4 years ago when I first got him.
And this as him when I truly started to show him, I did a lot of conditioning.
(Yes, he gets SEVERELY sun-bleached! Lol)
I'm sure you would want it much higher though. My two cents would be to get him going faster and engaged. I suggest leaving stretchies to professional trainers, personally. However in these sorts of sports in riding, I ask that you might want to think about finding a trainer.
When I first broke him
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Without draw reins
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With draw reins
The photos don't work. We will need to see if he *can* get his head up. If he isn't built for it, no amount of anything will give him that "McDreamy" headset.
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You may look into something like this with an overcheck and sidecheck to help.
Billy RoyalŪ Arabian Sidecheck Training Bridle in Bridles at Schneider Saddlery
Another thing that will really help you will be collection. Lots of collection. He's got to get up under himself to free his shoulders so that he can pick up his feet higher.
Is he a naturally "high mover" when he's out playing in the field? Just remember that you can really only successfully enhance what nature has given him. True talent can't be faked - despite what the bad eggs do - and maintain a happy, healthy horse.
This might help a little. Huntseat to Saddleseat!! (long) - Trot.org Forums
Couldn't see the pics, but from a video of yours that I found on another thread, he is not going to look like a chess piece. You might get his head up enough for a small local show, but it is going to take a lot of conditioning.
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