Thanks for taking the time to respond to my second set of pictures.
I just wanted you guys to know that my trainer hasn't encouraged collection and nor does she talk about it. My typical 45 min lesson involves wtc and trotting/cantering over a few small oxers.
She corrects my upper body bend, hands, and asks me to relax.
I am under the impression that if I carry myself well, that I should be able to get the horse to "fall into position". Lowered head, using hind etc., I am trying to make the 13 yo TB (lesson horse) that I ride act this way, as a mirror to what I am doing.
If collection really is beyond a rider with 6 mos training, then so be it. I will change my expectation and focus on what I am doing on the horse. I do find it helpful to analyze my riding and have people discuss it with me though. Otherwise, I am riding around the arena wondering...am I doing this right?
I will implement your advice and continue to update.