Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Oh my. This should be interesting.
In any case...I don't know how to get a horse truly collected. But at my very low level of riding, I've noticed two things.
1 - Riding in two point seems to encourage them to use their back, probably because it means my potato sack butt isn't discouraging them.
2 - They tend to follow my weight. If I'm forward, they are too - which is fine for a sprint. If I settle back, they shift their effort more to the rear end than the front.
And 3, which is one more than I said - doing tight turns with them regularly, and trying to make those turns circles and not just turns, seems to help. A horse can't do a good, tight turn by pulling from the front end. I know, because both of mine have tried and failed...
If you are already beyond those tips...great!
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."