The Horse That Wants to Shorten Its Neck

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While any horse may shorten its neck at times, some horses are very prone to doing so. Usually because of nervous tension in their bodies, the natural conformation of their neck, or because they are being ridden by a rider who is too strong on the reins. But sometimes horses have this tendency because they have actually been taught to shorten their neck by their rider (or a former one). This could be from riding in draw reins (even a few short times), or from incorrect front to back riding (ie "working" the bit with busy hands)... that has taught the horse to "give" to the bit. (Click on Article Title above to read full article)

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