So I have a question. I just started dressage lessons with my horse, only had about... 4 lessons (one a week). I'm learning so much and my communication with Zeus is much better than it used to be. We still have a lot to work on, but we're definitely making progress. We're starting with the basics. We're working on transitions, circles, bending, rocking him back and getting off the forehand as well as lifting his back and not being hollow. I'm starting to feel the difference and when he's working correctly. My questions is, I remember reading, not sure where, that to when asking for collection at the trot it should be at the sitting trot, and not the rising trot. The explanation was that in the rising trot the rider would have to use too much rein aid to achieve the collection and not enough leg. Right now we're not working on the sitting trot yet, and just doing the riding trot. I combine leg and rein aids to get him to round and accept the bit. No more than a light sponging on the reins to keep up the conversation is used. So I'm not really seeing the difference? We obviously haven't achieved true collecting yet as we are still learning, but I'd like to know what you all think of this.
Opinions? Does that statement have any truth to it?
My dressage trainer is wonderful, and as I said, we're doing great. I just wonder why this is thought.