Yeah, I totally agree with what you are saying.
Although, when I am practicing collecting, the main idea is to get my horse to step under himself and really engage his hindquarters. I can always feel when he does this, and what I always understood as collecting was that feeling where he engages his haunches and his poll becomes the highest point. I practice this when I ride, but I've (believe it or not) never gotten to see a video of my own riding, so I'm not sure if it's correct or not. After having a lovely discussion with everyone on here, I'm not sure that what I was doing previous is correct for collection.
Oh no, I don't think you're being snarky at all :) If anything, I'm just striving to further my knowledge and understanding, not prove anything to be true or false about WD. I just want to know how I can improve my own concept of things, and understand other peoples points of view and thoughts on the matter :) As long as nobody is rude or demeaning to me about what I do, then I have no problem discussing WD positively or negatively with anyone :)
"Hotblooded" breeds are always interested more in animation, but that's one of the good things I've found in WD is that the way I ride/the way my trainer teaches it and what not is trying to encourage good use of body rather than just "looking good". There's a lot of things in WD I don't particularly agree with or like either, but I try to see the good things and the potential in it, and it really is the basic ideas and concepts that I believe are the good things in WD as opposed to what I'm observing :) It's just really hard to find pictures that are a good example of what WD SHOULD be, as opposed to what it is right now.
Last edited by Opal; 02-21-2013 at 07:22 PM.