Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
Personally, I'd rather have my horse be able to realize it's easier for him to carry himself and have him be able to do it himself, them having me to constantly remind him.
Horses are inheritently lazy. They will not do more than what they have to to get whatever they want done. Certainly you will see a horse display himself and come into "collection" but there was a reason for it like a threat or maybe showing to a mare.
If we plan on improving them so they use themselves in a more productive way ( equal balance and use of ALL muscles) then we will have to show them the way. Again certainly the horse will use himself better after our interference but that would be because the use of muscle groups left idle under "natural" balance become stronger and it simply becomes easier to use them than not.
There is nothing really wrong with just letting a horse mosey through life doing only the barest of work, but don't ever expect that horse to suddenly collect or do things it has not been prepared for.