Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
For me it is like the balance point has changed so that the center of the fulcrum is me as the rider. If you take a 2x4 and put one end on a step then lift the other end you can feel the weight of the board. Now put the very center of the board on a thin step and lift one end. You can lift the board with no effort at all. That, to me, is the feeling I get on a collected horse.
A horse moving on his front (or rear) may respond quickly but you "feel" his weight. A collected horse will seem to have no weight, will feel round under my saddle, and move with me as the center - his energy coming not from the front or the rear, but equally from both. Lightness.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.