COLLECTION means everything. What is COLLECTION?
This topic is not finished and there is lot more to come in order to describe what is COLLECTION and HOW MUCH COLLECTION SERVES THE HORSE; ESPECIALLY FOR SAFE RIDING FOR THE RIDER AND THE HORSE. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT I HOPE WE GIVE IT THE VALUE WHICH IT DESERVES.
Collection is the bringing together of both ends of the horse for the purpose of lifting and lightening the forehand.
In order to have COLLECTION you must first have IMPULSION. What is impulsion? Impulsion is the energy that is created in the HINDQUARTERS to move the horse forward. If the horse his “pulling” himself along with his forehand he does not have impulsion. When he/she is instead “pushing” with his hindquarters to get forward movement he/she has impulsion.
The next thing you must have in order to collect your horse is ENGAGEMENT of the HINDQUARTERS. This is achieved naturally when you have a good level of impulsion . When the horse’s hindquarters are “engaged” they are lowered to better allow him/her to bring his/her legs underneath his/her body to allow for easier forward movement . When the hindquarters are “engaged” you will most likely see that the high point of his/her hindquarters is lightly lower than his/her withers . You will feel like you are riding “UP HILL” instead of “DOWN HILL”.
You must also be able to communicate with your horse using “LIGHT LEG CONTACT”.
In order to achieve proper collection you must be able to ride with “LIGHT CUES on the REINS”
If you cannot get each of the above desired responses from your horse individually you will not be able to COLLECT YOUR HORSE.
The more I learn from HORSES the more I know I knew nothing.
From Double Lunge to Long Reining
One of the big differences from Lunging and Double Long Lining is with Double Long Lining you can teach the Horse to walk and move on Collection but with Lunging you cannot.
A horse knowing how to move on collection could go down hill very smoothly, proceeding without interruption, upheaval, or problems without jerks or jolts; in a steady flowing motion, without jolts or interruptions.
A horse not knowing collection is too risky and dangerous and uncomfortable to go down hill. Each step the horse takes down hill is like a punch into your body; but knowing the collection it’s like walking on a flat surface – the rider won’t feel it at all.
We teach collection from the ground and with double line. You see in this video the line behind the back legs or hind legs encourages the horse to place the hind legs well under so this teaches the horse to use the hind legs well under and use them as the main source of power and lifts the pressure from the front legs. This makes less damage to the front legs too and more balance with the weight of the rider ….
When first teaching the horse collection , always start at WALK . If you cannot achieve collection at the WALK you will not be able to achieve collection at the faster paced TROT. You and your horse will only become confused and discouraged if you start right at the TROT. When your horse is mastered at the walk then collect your horse at the TROT.
No collection in a Horse = No power in a Horse.