There's a problem with Theo's training. I've been working away at it, trying to not let it bother me, but it's starting to become a critical issue.
What the hell is up with that neck?!?!
Not sure what I'm talking about? Remember this picture?
Just look at it.
That is not okay. And it gets worse when he's being less than cooperative for pictures.
Honestly. That's not cool. That is the broken topline that everyone screams bloody murder about in dressage articles. I have that horse. Uneven neck development is expected when taking a horse from being completely upside down to something approaching correct, but it's still embarrassing as hell. We've only in the last couple months gotten to the point where I can work him consistently in a way that will add muscle where we need it and I know it's 6 months to reshape a neck, but it's really starting to drive me crazy.
I swear I'm not sawing at his mouth or jamming him into a false frame. He naturally pops into a false frame and it's taken many months to break him of his habit of curling behind and evading my hands. He still does it when he decides what I'm asking for is too hard. We've been working so hard to get him to stretch into his neck and travel with a long frame and his nose poking just ahead of vertical.
That neck is okay! I'm quite proud of that neck! And with any luck, one day, his neck will look like that all the time. In the meantime, there's some pictures I think I'll keep off of Facebook. At least until I don't have that horse anymore. I can only pray we have that in better shape before we head to New York.