Originally Posted by VanillaBean
Well she does go round now because she just had been on a long rein and she's NOT in pain...it does the same as having them go round...sorry I even asked jeez
But IT does not do the same thing as having them go round... If you used a running as a way to prevent the horse's head from going WAY up, while you were teaching her proper way of going from behind, that's one thing. But if you were using it to force her head down, then she is NOT truly round. True roundness or collection does NOT come from the head/neck position. It comes from the rear, through the back, through the shoulders, over the neck, and then, finally, down through the bit. The horse has to learn to push from behind and lift her back first, THEN she will be able to lower and round the neck & head while maintaining roundness in her back and drive from behind.