Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
I actually don't see any really incorrect advice given on this thread. Even the second poster is saying mostly the same concept, just not with the traditional english style of constant contact. In my book self carriage is just that, self carriage. Technically, reins are an afterthought if the horse is holding himself up, no?
That was what I said in my initial post- I don't know if English/Western is different for contact, however this is in the English riding section, so I'd assumer the OP is riding English.
When you read further through, paint_girl stated that she had meant the whole horse, but only posted about the respect for the bit. I posted a more in depth answer for the entire horse- so where as paint_girl has the good ol' your horse has to listen to your bit, I would say its slightly different to our what of riding, and I just added to it- entire horse, not just the mouth will make the horse come round properly. THEN youc an start thinking about excercises to build the correct muscles.