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SmartPak Neck Stretcher

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Made of strong elastic which attaches to the girth and adjusts over the poll. Encourages your horse to drop his head, flex and stretch forward to the bit without encouraging the resistance and resentment of a nonelastic cord. Black. One Size.
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    SmartPak Neck Stretcher is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 68.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This is one training tool that I absolutely can't do without. I love how it helps my horse to understand how I'd like her to carry her head. Does not interfere with collection or going on the bit, as I have found with draw reins or martingales. Absolutely LOVE this.
    Date published: 2011-08-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tremendous help for riders The neck stretcher is great for head carriage. Aids the rider to keep soft contact and puts the horse's head right where you want it. The horse's fight less and I am certain they are grateful for this product as well, riders aren't hanging on their faces. Very adjustable for young horses as well. Thanks again smart pak for another great product, and my horses thank you as well!!!!
    Date published: 2011-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from An easy product to use. I have lunged my horse in it a couple of times on a very loose setting. It is easy to adjust. I would question the fit being too small on a very large horse. My horse is only 15.2 and compact and I wished it was a bit longer to get her used to it. I also with the cord was a bit more stretchy.
    Date published: 2011-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great alternative to draw reins Great heavy duty elastic cords, only wish the clips were a material other than plastic such as snaps or something metal. Have had no problem whatsoever with this product thus far
    Date published: 2010-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Im glad I purchased this. I bought this for my 3yo TB mare to get her used to the concept of long and low. She was all about trying to be like a giraffe when being ridden. In was not looking for a short cut in training, just a tool to help her accept the idea. Its worked very well for us. I like the give that bungee provides and the fact that in an emergency the clips will break. Some people should know though, this will encourage a horse to bend at the 3rd vertebrae if too tight. I wouldn't recommend this for people looking for a short cut in training for a round frame.
    Date published: 2010-08-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked Wonders Many people complain about the plastic hinges breaking, but I would rather they break if there was a safety issue like a tangled leg. I am not a big believer in forcing a horse into a frame with a training aid, but the neck stretcher was a quick, effective and gentle way to introduce my pony to the muscles in his top line. After only a few session he carries himself better, even just strolling about the pasture. Worth every penny and much more forgiving than side reins or a chambon, especially for a newbie trainer like me.
    Date published: 2010-07-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good investment purchased this on the suggestion of my friend who works her horse in one too. encouraged my gelding to stretch down and relax, etc. both rode and lunged him in this and like this better than draw reins or side reins. only complaint is that i had to create loops to use it through my girth's billets or the girth (hint: those zip ties have many uses!). i might have my saddle repair friend take an old girth and install dee rings on it. at first it seemed a little tight (my horse is a big old 17.2 hand monster) but after a week of use it seemed to stretch out a little so it's not so tight. denny, my gelding seems to be very accepting of the neck stretcher.
    Date published: 2010-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Great way to get your horse to connect. This bungee type cord simulates a solid connection so the horse can become round and develop the correct muscles over time.
    Date published: 2010-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from best training tool EVER Simple, and that's the best way to go. I have been using this for several months, and have finally bought my own. Simply the best training tool and priced right. It really encourages my horse to travel in a balanced, relaxed manner and in a correct frame while engaging his back. His topline is now developed enough that, with proper aids, truly engages his quarters and back without the aid of the neck stretcher but we still do work with it on once to twice a week to continue to encourage that development.
    Date published: 2010-06-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product- Great price This is an easy to use product. Far less complicated than others out there. A great training tool at a GREAT price.
    Date published: 2010-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! Recommended by a friend who trains and shows HUS. It encourages the horse to travel and carry itself correctly without stress or confining the horse's face. Easy to use.
    Date published: 2010-05-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product I have used this item for years and I finally wanted one of my own. I used it 2x before one of the clips broke. Additionally, the length was way too long. I had to put 2 knots in it. I have returned it and I'm awaiting a replacement.
    Date published: 2010-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works simply and very effective Really happy with the neck stretcher. Easy to use. Gentle on horse. Instant results!
    Date published: 2010-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from helps a lot used it my entire life...great tool to encourage youre horse to use the right head position
    Date published: 2009-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made the BIG difference! I bought this via recommendation from a friend at the barn and have been using it for about three weeks now- WHAT a difference. My mare doesn't respect my hands- but she respects this little piece of stretchy cord! The pressure on her poll seems to be calming and it really encourages her to use her back and travel in a frame- she's a completely different horse because of this! The plastic clips don't bother me- I don't have a girth ring so I clip them to a twine loop- tightening it would be problematic with a head shy horse, but I have no problems- its easy to use, either between the legs or clipped to the girth buckles as a side rein-like product. I ride in this product, but my friend used it lounging only- it helped her train a beautiful headset with her gelding and is helping my mare learn one too!
    Date published: 2009-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great results fast Really awesome product for the price, great tool. It is really encouraging my horse to get more round and use his back more. He's been out of work for about a year due to me not having the time for lessons/regular riding because of my job, and I am using this to help get him back into shape. Only have used it a few times, but I can already tell a difference...his neck, back, and hindquarters are getting ripped!! I can't believe the muscling he has developed in a very short time! I just wish it didn't have the plastic clips.
    Date published: 2009-10-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Neck Stretcher Helpful The mechanics of this neck stretcher are simple and easy to use. It is a helpful device - it allows the horse freedom of his head for balance but encourages him to stay round. Very helpful for breeds or types that are hollow and find it difficult to "find round". The clips that attach to the girth are made of plastic and I think they will not last a long time. There isn't a way to replace it easily, and this is reflected in the Average Quality rating. The adjustment loop is easy to use but if you have a length of excess, you will need to tuck it in so it doesn't flop on the horse's ears. We have a horse that is reluctant to have his ears touched and this feature was cumbersome the first few times we used it. The price is good, the elastic good quality. It is a useful training aid but should not replace good training or correct riding.
    Date published: 2009-10-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Have not had it long enough to evaluate the long-term quality. So far, so good. I like the results it is achieving.
    Date published: 2009-09-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from helpful in retraining I've used this with other horses in the past but misplaced mine in a move. It helps a encourage a horse to loosen his poll and back without letting him lean on the sidereins when lunging. Personally I don't use it when riding, but I've seen others use it while mounted.
    Date published: 2009-07-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Affordable Training Device I've only used this a few times but I'm already seeing results. The lines are easy to attach and offer the gentle encouragement and pressure my horse needs. A great idea at a super low price.
    Date published: 2009-06-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great training tool I love the Neck Stretcher because my mare really responds well to it. The elastic element gives just the right amount of pressure in the right place (the pole). Great training tool!
    Date published: 2009-05-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from needs to be longer Love how the product works but would like to see it make a little longer and maybe stronger snaps. Plastic will probably break soon.
    Date published: 2009-04-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great but... This is great but I use it on my lesson horse, Magic, and sometimes the clips come off or it slips to the side. Overall the product is great and I like that you can tighten it or loosen it. (when it's tight it looks like she has a halo! haha)
    Date published: 2008-03-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product! This is a great product! Unlike draw reins, it gives (with elastic) and asks the horse to reach down into a frame instead of forcing the issue. It has really helped my green mare learn that she needs to keep her head at a resonable level for riding/softening, and I only use it once a week. I would like it to be slightly more steady, because once in awhile it will slip a tiny bit to one side if the horse over bends to the inside.
    Date published: 2008-01-18
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