Could i use martingale rings so my horse will bring his head down a tiny bit!?
you can use them but just like any aid your horse could become dependent on it and when you ride without it his head will be right back up there…try lunging with his bridle on and the reins loosely tied to the saddle every time he goes to raise his head he will feel a little tug and drop his head…i did this with my lease horse and it worked wonders…also when you are done with this and in the saddle every time he raises his head a little bit, tap on the reins in a smooth upward motion and lightly bump…when the horse lowers his head even the slightest bit release immediately…since it’s been a while since you’ve ridden him and not training him for the first time he will most likely pick up on it instantly and he should keep his head set every time 🙂 hope this helps!!!
The first poster just had bad advice, spurs are a useful tool, but in this situation, you have a problem with your horse wanting to go, spurs are used to apply more pressure when the horse isn’t sensitive. If I apply leg pressure and and the horse doesn’t yield, I’ll touch them with my blunt and round-end spurs and apply more pressure till they yield. I don’t believe rowl spurs are necessary and you don’t kick the horse like in the movies. It’s like pushing into their side with a finger when they won’t move off of a palm push. Anyway, to your question. The short answer is to teach him to flex to both sides and once he can do it well, start a flex to one side and then add the other rein, the horse should drop it’s head just a little bit and you should immediatly toss the reins forward and take off the pressure. If you start with baby steps and build, eventually the horse will drop his head when he feels pressure on both reins. You can find one of my more recent posts to see more indepth