Longer and lower. High and collected. Force-free vertical flexion. How to train head positions the CT way!

Have you ever wanted to know:

How your horse’s head position influences his whole movement?

What head position you should be asking for?

How to train it without force or gadgets?

Well, you’ve come to the right place because these were the questions I also wanted to know the answers to! After years of watching, learning and experimenting (with my own horses and my lovely students, some of whom star in this video!), this is what I teach and how I teach it – a fun, force-free way to train ANY horse or pony to move happily and healthily on the ground and with a rider.

Yes, you guessed it – there are lots of targets, markers and rewards 🙂  And some pretty great training from my students and their wide-ranging horses, from a 13.2hh cob to a 17.2hh ex-racehorse!

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4 thoughts on “Longer and lower. High and collected. Force-free vertical flexion. How to train head positions the CT way!”

  1. I am so excited about this series, and it is going to help me significantly given I am having lessons with Becky Holden who has trained with Philippe Karl. Thank you Hannah for putting your creative brain to combining PK’s teaching with the clicker. Great stuff.

    1. Hi Delos, thanks for your comment 🙂 Becky’s great so you’re lucky to be having lessons with her! Teaching PK-style stuff with markers and rewards feels like a great match between the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ – his work has given me so many more great tools that have helped so many horses already. And I love that you can do this in a headcollar if you want to, with ponies to heavy cobs to quarter horses and TB’s (as you’ve seen in the vid!) Enjoy your training 🙂

  2. Lovely cadenced trot on Freckles.

    I’m a fan of PK and the lightness. I’m still trying to wrap my head around training technically correct GP movement using CT if you have a horse that doesn’t naturally offer them to shape? And especially if you don’t have a R+ trainer on the ground to assist as you progress.

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