Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olds, AB Canada
Don't worry Perchies :) this is what a forum is for, learning new things :)
Not really to collect. Just to let them feel whee the "sweet spot" is. You are supposed to position them so the sweet spot is, the poll is only a little bit higher than the withers and for them to stretch into a comfortable contact with the bit.
Side reins are used for lunging to get the horse used to being ridden and bit contact.
Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.