Originally Posted by dreamsunwind
I'm not quite sure what hollow means in that context, could you please explain? :) Thank you very much for the feedback, she is still a work in progress. I am really going to work hard on her head set this summer, I've been trying to achieve a nicer one for her for a long time.
Hi, moving in a hollow frame means the horse is pulling with it's front end to move, instead of rounding their back and driving with their hind end underneath them. When a horse drives with their back end, they move in a more naturally collected position (their backs round up, which pushes the hind end down and creates more power. A good way to get your horse to work in this frame is to do hill work. Make them walk up a steady incline, when going up an incline, it forces them to use their back end which will make it stronger. When you get energy coming from behind, that's when you can harness that energy with your reins and get them "up on the bit" and get that nice collected headset. Your horse should understand flexing and giving to pressure on the bit from a stand still before they can do it at a walk. It's amazing, once you get your horse moving right, the headset falls in so naturally! Hope this helps. :)