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        01-26-2011, 11:39 AM
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    Green Broke
    I agree with horseandshow. If you just simply teach a horse to put its head down by pulling on the reins, your teaching just that "to put its head down". A head set is so much more then just putting the horse's head down. Pulling on the reins and releasing when the horse lowers its neck can cause a few problems. It can make your horse heavy on the bit as well as heavy on the forehand. A headset is all about proper collection, carriage, and balance. Try bending and counter bending circles at the walk and trot. Remember, when you are bending a horse to always have some sort of release do not just hang on the horse's mouth because they will learn to lean on the bit. Hope this helps
         
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