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"Certain authors have thought it right to systematically lower the neck, than which there is no better means of ruinng a horse!"
"The neck of today's horse rounds itself; that is, it creates this desired outline naturally, even though the horse lacks balance and hasn't yet developed the body to maintain this neck position."
"Even slight seat errors and clumsy hands cause the horse's neck to curl under and his back to stiffen, leading to a massive disruption in balance as is seen with the hover trot."
"The processus paracondylares (jugulares), which are two bony projectios that protrude an index finger's length from the base of the skull, stiffen the poll if the head is positioned too deeply with the nose behind the vertical. Therefore, correct positioning of the poll is only possible with an open poll angle."
"To pull the whole neck all the way sideways is fully counterproductive in many ways. The poll becomes stiff and the neck is 'torn loose' from the withers."
"A young horse ridden with a deep, long neck constantly behind the vertical (even slightly so) always falls on the forehand and cannot find his balance."
"It is true that it is not a big problem when a horse, usually one in retraining, now and then goes behind the vertical. But this position should not last long. As soon as the back relaxes, the correct head and neck position is automatic!"
"With a narrow poll angle, the horse can only bend the whole neck to the side. In so doing, he breaks right in front of the withers."
"Every horse needs his neck long during the initial ground work phase and in the first training phases, in order to prevent damaging and unbearable back tension."
"Consistent forward riding will open the neck angle, and encourage acceptance of the bit."
"An attempt to mechanically force a head/neck position always leads to defensive tension in the horse."