Join Date: May 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana
What is collection??
So, I have always been taught that collection is when a horse carries himself on his hind end and lifts his shoulders/forehand creating a shortened stride and a roundness through his neck and back. That has always been called "collection" by every trainer I've ridden with but today I was talking to someone and she was telling me that collection is just a shorter stride and doesn't necessarily include being rounded out. She calls what I call collection, "roundness" and says that a horse can be round and collected, round and lengthened, etc.
My question is this: what is the generally accepted definition of "collection"? I'm confused now after talking to this trainer because I've never heard of collection not including a horse carrying himself on his hindquarters...I thought that was the main goal of collection. But I could be totally wrong....