I've always ridden western, and now that I'm getting into English, I have a few questions, namely about controlling speed of gaits ( I think this will be useful in Western too ) especially reining ( cause it's the Western equivalent of dressage)
Back to the question. Collecting your horse's gaits... Is that having shorter strides or slower leg motion? When I think of collected, I think of a Western Pleasure horse (though I'm sure that's very far off)
Is a working trot just a fast trot? Nothing special with the horse's legs, just faster motion?
Extended trot, I know it's about having your horse reach further with his legs, but how do I get him to do that. (Note: My horse is NOT dressage trained, but I would like to teach him how to do this and what the cues are)
Please also list other types of trots and canters and the cues for them and how to train your horse to do them. Thank you!
Also, I would like my horse to have more suspension, how do I achieve this?
Again, thanks so much, and have a wonderful day!