This is an observation I made this year at the local contesting/gymkhana shows in my area. I just wanted to preface this post with that. In no way am I making a blanket generalization across the board.
This is my daughters first year doing contesting (she's 7 and rides a 13-13.2hh pony). I started noticing more and more with the older kids/adults and their considerably more contesting-geared horses that few people don't use tie downs and there are a lot of horse heads flying in the air (usually during the non-running portions of riding, though I've seen a lot of that too) and competently follow backs. I've only seen a couple of horses with an actual topline and necks that aren't heavily muscled underneath. Is this normal because of the style of riding or is this just a local-in-my-area thing? It's so strange to me to see horses with necks that are so weakly muscled on the top and so heavily muscled on the underside.
I just want opinions and information from people who are far more familiar with the discipline than I am.
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