Bending him both ways during your warm up may help :)
Ive been working on that and my trainer has me just trot until she lowers her head. No matter how long it takes😊
my horse used to do the exact same thing. i used draw reins & eventually she got the strength to hold her head in the right position. i still work a lot on getting her long & low & calm
Thanks guys, will take everything into consideration :)
It might just be he lacks the strength to carry himself in a good position in the trot and canter, in that case draw reins won't help because he's physically not able to do what you're asking him to do. Lunging him over poles (maybe in loose side reins) might be a better approach.
this might help, but whenever my horse did that I would work on those transition from walk to trot and remembering to tweak the reins a little when going into the trot but don't tense up your hands or arms because that will make him tense up. so keep a soft hand and make slight tweaks.
When they do this they 'hollow out' so he doesn't want to be collected, when they are in frame they should be engaging their back end. When they hollow out they don't engage in the back end which can cause sway back and kissing spine. If you lunge your horse, try bitting him downwards so he gets used to putting his head lower at all gaits.
I agree with Katrina, 90% when a horse isn't performing how me want it either something we as a rider or doing or they are uncomfortable. Try getting his teeth checked, that could be part of your problem. I just had mares teeth done yesterday and we found that one of her baby teeth had broke of but stuck straight into her gum! Also it's really important to get their back adjusted. Try finding a chiropractor around you and see if that helps. If none of this helps I would suggest throwing draw reins on him for a ride or 2 just to help him understand where you want him to keep his head during your rides. Just please make sure you are using them correctly because they can easily be misused and potentially be bad for the horse If used wrong. Hope this helped, good luck! 😊
Sometimes they do this if their bit doesn't fit properly or they are simply trying to avoid contact. Opening up the reins so you have hands further apart than when you are walking can help them bring their head down. With my old mare I was told to play with the reins on both sides, so move the left rein so it increases contact on the left and then the right rein quickly for a few seconds which used to bring her head down (sorry can't really explain it)
I've had this issue with my thoroughbred. I've found that lots of trotting through poles has helped with lowering his head!