Originally Posted by KylieHuitema
I won't be using the actual dressage trainer since she kind of backstabbed me, long story, but I know her methods she used which worked well for my other horse just to get his head relaxed and to have him carry himself more.
I rode my little guy yesterday after lunging him with rubber reins on, and he flexed soooo easy and was willing to give to my rein pressure.
He is a paint x QH. I am thinking I will be training him for more specifically reining, but teach him WP too
Okay so he may have the conformation to be able to hold his head at the withers. I can only give you advice because I've never had much trouble with my horse's head.
Teach your horse long and low, getting him soft and supple really helps. Get him to lift his back up and while doing so have him seek the bit to go down and low. When horses are relaxed, they tend to have their heads lower. So to help encourage this make your ques quiet and start small. If you start kicking really hard at first and shout "YEEHAWW" there would be a good chance that it would make your horse more "go go go" instead of a nice transition jog, relaxed, etc. You want it slow and not fast.
Lots and lots of circles help too. Circling left and right to get him supple on each side then have him seek the bit downwards and rewarding the slightest try.
Here is a great video I found a while ago. He also does a great job on why a horse's back should be engaged. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8cOq7YWXys
Even though you can't learn everything online and from a video, it gets an idea of what I'm trying to say.
Best way though is to find a trainer. The trainer could tell you what to do way better than I can online. Good luck!