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        05-13-2009, 05:18 AM
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    Weanling
    My boy and I are working on collection, we are no where near perfect, but we are making progess, ableit slow progress, but progress nonetheless.
    However, one day I was riding him in one of the empty paddocks doing walk/trot work to work on our tran/s and built up some muscle seeing as the paddock is on a slope. To finish up I decided to go for a nice easy canter up the hill, well, that was my interpretation. My horse looked up the hill and thinks "Yeeeeee! Time for a gallop!" B/c wide open spaces mean you have to gallop, right? :roll: He was really forward, but I just sat back, put my leg on a bit and kept doing gentle half halts to settle him. He just seemed to switch gears all of a sudden, and it felt like he was going to rear with every stride, like his front end was right off the ground. I remember actually looking down and going, "Yup, well we're still moving, so he can't rear."
    Now, I know this isn't collection, as his head was up so his back wasn't fully rounded, but would I be correct in guessing that we had some pretty good impulsion going? Or was it just a really funky canter, lol?
         
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