Originally Posted by jorjor23
I usually collect by sinking into my seat, massaging the reins and keeping my leg on.
One thing I do that helps is do a bit of a mini see-sawing. Gently squeeze(don't outright pull) one rein, do the other an kind of alternate between the two while squeezing with your leg to keep him from breaking down to a trot or a walk(depending on if your trotting or cantering). I have a horse that pulls me like a truck and this helps me alot.
OP, don't ever follow this advice.
Jorjor, the reason your horse pulls like a truck is because you see saw it's mouth. Collection doesn't EVER come from the face, or the reins, or the bit, or the hands, or the bridle, or anything forward of the rider. It comes from the back, from riding a horse from back to front, TO the bridle.