1. Head up -- if you let your horse put his head all the way down, he could stumble and end up flipping over.
2. Head down/whatever horse wants -- if you force his head to stay up, it disrupts his balance...he needs to be able to put his head down to stay centered and to be able to tuck his hindquarters underneath him to "slide" downhill if necessary.
As you can see, both bits of advice contradict each other...can anyone back up either of the above, or offer their own advice?? I have a hunter pace coming up next weekend and we encountered big steep hills at the last one. I want to be 100% sure that I'm doing whatever I need to in order to keep my horse and myself safe. THANKS!