Guess I'm still having trouble with this. Or else maybe the trainer I've seen has simply taken what she likes out of PK's training and made it her own... Her horses, and when she rides her student's horses, they are not hollow. Nor are they ever ridden with any sort of gadgets. Something I always liked about watching this trainer.
I've seen it with my own horse (although not ridden by this potential trainer, but rather a student of hers). He is, I admit, an andie/oldenberg cross. I was working with a trainer follows a very traditional mindset, although she never stuck on any gadgets or whatnot. Except for suggesting I should get a flash and thinner bit... but anywaaays. I let her go for multiple reasons.
This girl hops on and works him a bit. And from the ground, the change was obvious. He was reaching underneath, his back began swinging. The muscle right at the base of the neck really POPPED. (that's the biggest change, he naturally wants to reach, but he doesn't always raise the base of his neck) Wish I recorded a vid. It was obvious he was engaging his entire back. It was just beautiful to watch how he reached for the contact. Nicely stretched, and without a thought on 'frame'.
So is that just because I'm lucky and these people simply know how to ride without taking things off the deep end??
I don't know. I'm planning on riding with all the decent looking instructors available to me and see how he responds. Could be that he responds like that to anyone that has a semblance of what they're doing, lol