Originally Posted by aggiegirl14
What are ways to get a proper headset without gadgets? How do you teach them to carry their necks level and their noses perpendicular to the ground?
I have used draw reins before, but they never helped my mare at all so I stopped using them. I guess they taught her to lower her head when I saw lightly on the reins, but she pops it down then right back up!
When they relax, their head won't be up in the air, and the more you work on asking them to lift their backs up and work from the hind, the more round they become.
My horse and I were getting round without any gadgets but since we're working on canter work, my trainer recently has me lunging in side reins and working with a training fork. I try not to ride in it often. Maybe once or twice out of the 4 or so days I'm out riding. It does help him and it helps me.