|Standardbred Cross does not
carry himself well!
Non-USA 14 year old Standardbred cross ridden on trails & in arena with snaffle, bareback pad, english style intermediate level rider.
Question: My horsegaits easily, but does not carry himself well. His
head is always too low and he shuffles along, sometimes breaking into a
pace. He trips often, even on a smooth road. He wears regular shoes and
has no problems with his feet or legs.
From Panelists Nancy
First, if your horse is doing a lot of stumbling, I would suggest that
you have the farrier trim his front feet with the toes short.
You could either keep him in the snaffle or go to a mild curb.
I like to use a loose-shanked Tom Thumb type of bit with a snaffle mouthpiece
once I take them out of a plain snaffle. To improve his carriage
and get his weight off his front end, do a lot of halts followed
immediately with a back. Back him a few steps
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