Reply To: Encouraging her to drop her head?

G & S
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You don’t say what discipline (dressage, hunter/jumper, western, pleasure) you are most involved in, and it does make a difference. Dressage horse are usually taught to “stretch to the bit”, so that they are always at the end of the reins, and it is the horse who creates the tension on the reins as he/she stretched to the bit (as opposed to the rider creating the tension on the reins by shortening them, or bringing his/her hands back closer to his/her body) and the horse then maintains that tension until the rider either cues the horse to bring the head back up, or releases the reins so the horse is on a long, loose rein. However, teaching a horse to do this is not easily explained in a forum like this. You might do best to find an dressage instructor who is proficient in teaching this to students.