I have an 8-year-old OTTB mare who prefers to move with her nose in the sky in the typical “giraffe” posture. She will occasionally put her head down and move beautifully, and I’d like some tips on how to encourage her to maintain that kind of movement.
I have occasionally (1-2 times per week) been lunging her in a Pessoa system, and it’s been very helpful with getting her to stretch out her back and neck. She recently had a spot of back ouch that was injected, and her vet suggested this. But she’s still a giraffe most of the time when it’s not on, and I’d really like to be able to lunge her nicely without it. I’d also like to ride, but I don’t want to cause any damage to her back by riding her when she’s carrying herself so hollow.
Does anyone with OTTB experience have any tips for encouraging a more correct carriage?