Originally Posted by paint_girl08
I was trying to explain to use a half halt earlier, yes I know collection is the "ENTIRE" horse. But the horse must know and be able to give their head and respect the bit. That's what I was trying to say. I'm sorry if you took it as that's all you do. But it doesn't matter how many half halts or impulsion you get, if the horse doesn't respect the bit and give you their head all you will be doing is teaching the horse to strain against you and not round and be supple. Sorry if you misunderstood
The problem is, unless you tell people how to do the entire thing, they just go on and pull the mouth.. that's why I put my posts.
Respect for the bit comes with soft hands-soft hands, soft mouth. I don't want my horse to just 'give' its head either though, that means its working on a false outline, most of the time overbent. I have to work for it, walk, trot, canter. Half halts, seat and legs.
And it DOES matter how many half halts and impulsion you give- you should only have to give it once with a half halt, possible more if you're changing within the gait to do half pass, pirouttes, medium to collected.
You teach the horse to work from behind, and you will need hardly anything from the front, the respect comes pretty naturally and you'll have a horse more willing to work than one you're constantly fiddling with at the front.