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Does anyone have tips to get their horse to lift their head while on the bit (not down low, but raised higher), and to get my horse to really stretch in the trot properly?

Does anyone have tips to get their horse to lift their head while on the bit (not down low, but raised higher), and to get my horse to really stretch in the trot properly?
your horse must worked over the back and topline using the hind quarters. The head will raise naturally with practice. Lots of transitions and engagement of the hind quarters is needed. Rider must also be balanced and upright x
Ok I understand, if his head is low but he has balance and his hindlegs are engaged I don't see why it should be a problem.
However if it makes him lose his balance it's more problematic.
You should probably shorten your reins and make him more in front of your legs.
You can also work with bounces, it really helps with horse that have a forward balance.
Good luck :)
Maddy, yes, as in he carries his head very low, sort of like a hunter, rather than his neck raised up properly engaging
if that makes sense
Hello,
What do you mean by "raised higher"? Does your horse is too low and heavy on the hand?