Originally Posted by kitten_Val
I liked the video a lot. But I going to be an evil advocate here and say that while yes, I think it's very helpful, but it's helpful only if done correctly and horse can still stay connected and travel round even with lighter contact on rein. If one tries to go "long and low" on horse that doesn't know how to go on contact and use the hind end the "long and low" will become "cool, there are no reins lets just mess around however I wanna to".
I know exactly what you mean..
But that's where a good trainer comes in.. one that can communicate the aids to you.. or to help your horse understand.
I do it in kind of a backwards way... my horse enjoys being in his little frame because he thinks that is what he should be doing.. so when I feel him seeking that bit.. I slowly give him more rein and he keeps seeking.. so I give him some more.. until his nose is almost on the ground, but he's still connected as well as he can at this point. Maybe not to the point of collection but he's getting there slowly. When he stops seeking.. I slowly take rein until I feel him seeking, and then feed it out to him. He's better at the walk now.. before his head was up in the clouds so I'm pleased at his progress :)