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!
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)