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post #1 of 8 Old 07-17-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Collecting a horse

I am going to riding camp next week and I was wondering how to get a horse tobarch it's neck nicely? Do I hold my hands separate from each other? In other wordsmhow do I collect it?
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I am going to riding camp next week and I was wondering how to get a horse to arch it's neck nicely? Do I hold my hands separate from each other? In other words how do I collect it?
Arching the neck is not collection.
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Collection is nothing to do with a head carriage. True collection, comes from behind with the head carriage being a consequence of that. Impulsion, then bend.
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Ohh, sorrry about that! I'm pretty new to dressage, thank you for telling me that! :) how can I do that, I'm sorry for sounding dumb there but I'd appreciate your help
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Assuming you're going to a well run horse camp, it sounds like you can best get your answers from the instructors there. Collection's more of a feeling than a visual thing. Hopefully they will have some well trained horses that can give you a taste of what it feels like.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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If you are new to dressage, what you might want to practise is just first following the horse's mouth so that you get really good at feeling where the mouth is and having a steady hand. This is really, really valuable and takes time to achieve.

Once you can truly follow a horse's mouth, then you will be able to ask it to give to the bit a little and have a little arch to the neck. THis is NOT collection and is not something you do and think you have now done dressage., But it's ok to feel the difference between following the horse, thus not affecting it throught the rein, and using your hands/reins to ask it to put it's head somewhere, or for it to listen to your hands via the bit.

It then becomes a dialogue , you listening (following passively) and you talking (making your hands a bit firmer and asking the hrose to lift it's head and flex for a moment in the jaw). NOT collection, but a good thing to experiement with to develop your ability to speak to the horse via the reins.
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I am going to riding camp next week and I was wondering how to get a horse tobarch it's neck nicely? Do I hold my hands separate from each other? In other wordsmhow do I collect it?
Could you take some lessons with dressage trainer? While people did give great suggestions already it's VERY hard to do it correctly based only on reading (without someone experienced watching you from ground). Not trying to be rude here, but my advice comes from my personal experience.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-18-2011, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thank you for your help.
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