Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
I don't see why you would ever need to explain the feeling to a student. Tell them how to get there and they'll find it for themselves. If you are teaching a student advanced enough that you are working on collection then it shouldn't be a tough thing for them to grasp because they will have the feel of the horse already.
I do find that people think they have a collected horse when in fact they don't. I do try to get any student some idea of what to feel when it happens for sometimes it comes right out of the blue even though you have asked and asked the same way. Much like a light bulb that blinks and blinks then shines in the horses brain.
I would want any student to be able to understand what they achieved when I may not be there when it happens.
I remember the first time it happened to me and I was cantering. Asked the same way for months then it was almost like he shifted into another gear but not faster. I almost ruined it by starting to poke him with my spur more but decided not to. It lasted for about 10 strides then fell apart (mainly because I sat there like a dummy wondering what I was supposed to do).
After telling my coach at the time she told me that he must have had enough power built up that he held the collection and then lost it. I knew from that moment on what I was looking for and it evaded me for some time after that. If I had known before what to expect I might have had it longer or maybe not but I would not have wondered if I did something wrong.