Retraining to break at the poll??
I would love to hear some suggestions on ways to retrain my gelding to break at the poll. Currently he is breaking at the third vertebrae instead which causes his ears and head/face to be carried lower than the third vertebrae. So he looks over rounded I guess sometimes. In looking at lots of pictures on this site from some really big shows I see many horses carrying themselves like my horse. But I would really like to make sure I learn how to start helping him to lift his face up and break correctly at the poll. He is mostly a western morgan horse, I have just started to ride him hunt this year as well. He is beautifully built, but his neck is on the thicker side where it attaches to his body and it does naturally come out slightly angled forward instead of almost straight up. I have heard of overcheck and/or side check bridles but I am not sure how to use either or even if they would be helpful? Should I plan to spend time ground training for awhile before riding again to help with this issue?? Thanks for insight into my question.
Guess I should add that I am one of those “do it yourselfers”. I would love to show my horse on the Morgan circuit, but currently feel that my horse and I probably need to gain a little more “show-ring” experience at lower level shows. :)