Originally Posted by churumbeque
Ive been told long and low.
I agree with this, because isn't this the way to, first, relax and lengthen the back? I thought that, so long as the work was fairly energetic, it was a good way to work.
I thought that it was from this that one would begin to "bring the horse up" into working gaits, then into collection; always with the ability to go back to the relaxing long and low.
Kayty, you mention "true long and low." So now I'm confused! The false long-and-low would be...?
(Personally, I think all young horses should first be ridden cross country, in a natural manner, in a happy group. But I admit that this is not so often a possibility any more, in this day and age! So the alternatives are...)