I really want to learn western pleasure and show my Arab in the arabian horse show he know a little bit. But he just does it on his own! How do I get him to listen to me then KEEP his head down?! Tips?????
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That is a quote directly from the "Rules and Announcements" portion of the forum. I read your title and had to share :)
Also, you don't KEEP a horse's head "down". An Arabian holds its head much differently in WP than a QH or stock type horse does. You're going to need to muscle up your horse from back-to-front in order to obtain and maintain a proper headset. Get your horse driving from behind. There are lots of threads in the Training sub-forum that can give tips on how to do that.
I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
Agreed. Trainer. WP is much more complicated to teach than most folks think and unless you have some previous experience training it, then you will be much better off with professional help.
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