”A critical facet of equine behavior is ”what resists persists”. Nowhere is this more obvious than in how a horse holds his head. When a horse understands and accepts a situation, his head drops and his neck flexes. He relaxes. But when a horse is anxious or resistant, his head lifts and neck stiffens. Because when a horse is unwilling or confused, he feels the need to flee. By raising his head, the horse is initiating the first phase of preparing to leave. Relaxation of the poll is the cornerstone for developing a horse that is soft, pliable and calmly collected under saddle. We can’t cut corners when it comes to encouraging our horse to flex properly at the poll. A wise trainer begins to incorporate this relaxed posture into everything a horse learns, because a stress-free horse is the best learner.”
Well said words by cowboy and horse trainer Allan J. Hamilton.
Photo from The-Equestrian.net of Linnea Aarflot working with Baltazar in Sweden.