Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
Contact or no contact isn't exactly what I'm talking about.. :3 But just the frame, not the cues or aids,
(To get Crow further down I really have to work and genly switch between contact and easing contact to make him seek the bit)
What I am talking about is when the neck is high and arched but the rest of the body doesn't follow the same level of collection. So that the horse ''breaks'' in the middle so to say.. and the headset is just a tucked in nose and very short, tensed neck instead of a long relaxed topline.. it's not more true collection to me than the heavy-contact-bracing-the-bit-with-nose-in-air horses..
I think I'll try to make a picture to show the cionnection I see between the neck, back and stomach.. just as much to make it clear for you as for myself what I mean and how I think about frame vs collection...
I don't think that collection, especially extreme collection, is as necessary as a good basic frame... Since a good basic frame will let the horse work flexible and supple without tensions even tho it's not collected (=carrying the weight on the hind), but a horse in a forced collection that does step in under himself still won't be very flexible and loose in the body, and the tensions causes more and quicker problems physically than to have the weight a bit off (as long as it's resonable, I mean. And not to mention the horses mind and how rthat's affected by a forced ''collection'' or frame..)
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.