The Head Drop

Asking a horse to drop their head with a soft and immediate response is one of the best things you will ever train into your horse. When a horse is stressed and cortisol is running freely, the head will be high and stiff, somewhat like a periscope in some horses! In this state there is little you can do with your horse until the cortisol levels have dropped. Horses do not learn anything at all when they are in a state of stress. Also there are obvious safety concerns for the human when dealing with a horse in this state, so it’s best not to proceed with whatever you’re doing while the horse is stressed. Now picture a relaxed horse, with the head and neck in a lowered position. If the horse i

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