04-04-2010, 10:31 AM
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I am not sure that any horse will concern himself with the reasons he doing anything under saddle other than you asked. They just don't worry about stuff like that. As long as he, and YOU, are correct, the reasons are moot or will make total sense to all involved.
I think I understand what you are saying however, and that opens a larger box of responses. My personal take on this, please remember that I cannot see you or your horse, is that there are incomplete aids involved. Chances are, he was correctly collected due to honouring your request inspite of high spirits. At this point I have to ask how heavy he was in your hand, and how much seat and leg of yours was engaged? True collection/roundness come from PUSHING the horse forward THRU elastic yet direct fingers with clear weighted seat and engaged leg. "Headset" (I cringe at this term) comes from static hanging of hands and maybe some cosmetic flailing of leg.
No comment on your trainer's perception. Again, I can't see you, I can't see what she is seeing.