|Non-USA 15 year old TWH ridden in
sweet iron snaffle and Aussie Saddle in round pen, ring, hills by
Question: Hello, My name is Suzanne. I own a TWH. I have a new trainer that want's to use a tie down so he can lower his head. My gut feeling is telling me no. She is trying to build his back muscles and teaching him to bend. My horse is 15 years old. I would prefer doing hill work with him. Please I need your advise. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
From Panelist Annette
Do hill work.
From Panelist Nancy
Suzanne, I would go with your gut feeling and tell your trainer an emphatic
"No!". Wearing a tie down and lowering his head is not going to help
him build his back muscles. That would only come from quite advanced
dressage and developing a lot of "carrying" ability in his way of going
and that is not at all necessary. He must not be carrying his head
too high so that he is not safe to ride, as you didn't mention that to
be a problem. TWs
Do your hill work, as you suggested.