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  • Using a Running martingale on a Tennessee walker
  • How to set a walker head

 
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    12-27-2009, 08:03 PM
  #1
Weanling
help with head set

I might buy a set of draw reins or a training fork to help my tn walker mix with her head set. She has a really bumpy ride.after I weaned her off of the tye down she did a little bit better then I did some more lunging work and stuff but she is still pretty bumpy and holds her head up higher than it needs to be. How do you attach the draw reins?ive never used them but I have heard good things about them. And also what size of training fork do I need the one that attaches to the cinch or breastcollar? Or does it matter?
     
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    12-27-2009, 08:12 PM
  #2
Green Broke
You may be able to use a running martingale, but I'm not sure if they work the same.

Does your tack store allow returns of tack merchandise?
     
    12-27-2009, 08:27 PM
  #3
Yearling
Why would you want your mare's head to be down if she is a Tennessee Walker? The breed is known for having a high head set; they are not stock type horses. My friend had a ex show horse gelding who had a extremely high headset and she always wanted to get it down. She had a tie down on him and it did little or nothing to keep his head down. Yeah, he looked like a giraffe but at least it was natural. It didnt even do anything anyways....

Finally, since I was the one putting saddle time on him on the trails, I just asked her if we could take it off. He was happier without it since it wasnt doing any good. Let your mare go how she is, being natural.

A tie down isnt supposed to be used to keep a horse's head down for headset (please correct me if I am wrong) but arent they meant more for balence turning tight corners on barrels and such? JMHO, let your mare be how she is, as a Walker with a high headset
     
    12-27-2009, 08:59 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Curly_Horse_CMT    
Why would you want your mare's head to be down if she is a Tennessee Walker? The breed is known for having a high head set; they are not stock type horses. My friend had a ex show horse gelding who had a extremely high headset and she always wanted to get it down. She had a tie down on him and it did little or nothing to keep his head down. Yeah, he looked like a giraffe but at least it was natural. It didnt even do anything anyways....

Finally, since I was the one putting saddle time on him on the trails, I just asked her if we could take it off. He was happier without it since it wasnt doing any good. Let your mare go how she is, being natural.

A tie down isnt supposed to be used to keep a horse's head down for headset (please correct me if I am wrong) but arent they meant more for balence turning tight corners on barrels and such? JMHO, let your mare be how she is, as a Walker with a high headset
but she is a tn walker mix mare.she isnt gaited and she is mixed with a quarter horse.i have barrel raced with her and that was part of the reason why I used a tye down on her.it held her head a little lower but I was told it wasnt good for her.so I weaned her off it.she doesnt hold her head up sky high but high enough to annoy me.
     
    12-27-2009, 09:01 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Sunny06    
You may be able to use a running martingale, but I'm not sure if they work the same.

Does your tack store allow returns of tack merchandise?
I never buy much at my local tack stores because they overprice stuff. I found some for a considerably lower price online.im not fammiliar with a running martingle.
     
    12-27-2009, 09:02 PM
  #6
Yearling
Ok, sorry, I didnt read the post close enough lol Is she good on flexion and does she give to the bit? What kind of bit do you have her in?
     
    12-27-2009, 09:06 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Curly_Horse_CMT    
Ok, sorry, I didnt read the post close enough lol Is she good on flexion and does she give to the bit? What kind of bit do you have her in?
its o.k. Umm. She's o.k. On flexion I only started that with her a little while ago but she will flex both ways but not as far as id like.i used to have her in a tom thumb because that was what the guy I bought her from broke her in.(i know horrible) but now I've got her in a o-ring snaffle.
     
    12-27-2009, 09:46 PM
  #8
Trained
You don't use gadgets to teach a horse to round their backs, to drop their back ends, to track up and move forward and under themseves - to achieve a "head set"

You have to learn to ride correctly to get the correct answers.

Using gadgets of any sort, only mutes the real issues, and when taken away - they re-appear.
     
    12-27-2009, 10:04 PM
  #9
Green Broke
A gadget will not fix your issues. A tie down, draw rein, training fork, martingale etc will mask problem and cause the horse to use the wrong muscles.
     
    12-27-2009, 10:19 PM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
You don't use gadgets to teach a horse to round their backs, to drop their back ends, to track up and move forward and under themseves - to achieve a "head set"

You have to learn to ride correctly to get the correct answers.

Using gadgets of any sort, only mutes the real issues, and when taken away - they re-appear.

Couldn't have said it better.
     

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