Originally Posted by eventerwannabe
Thanks flaming! If I ride today then I will try lengthening them! I was told by someone who came out in early June that I should work on keeping my heel right under my hip line, is this true? I had someone else who does eventing tell me to keep my toe right at the girth, so im confused! XD
I am going to work on collecting whenever I ride him now, cause now I know how to get him to collect :]
Yes. I have been taught that there must be a straight line through your ear, shoulder, hip and heel when you look from the side, and then another straight line through your elbow, hand and to the horse's bit.
Only when you are giving your horse a specific instruction, such as lateral work or on a circle does one of your toes come right by the girth. That is called "on the girth". The usual position with your heels under your hips is called "behind the girth".
If your horses are not that used to riding collected, give them a short break every few minutes just to stretch those muscles. It can be tiring for the horse if they're not used to it. Good luck. ; )
Let us know when you are ready, then send in some more pictures of how you are doing.