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        09-19-2008, 04:04 PM
    Being Collected Question

    This maybe a really stupid question, but to me no question is a stupid question, right? I hear a lot about "being collected". I figure this would be a good term to know due to me having a two year old gelding that I am helping train (and being trained myself). I have asked my trainers but I am unsure what they are talking about. They explain it in a way I can not figure out. How do I know when he is collected? Is it their body? Are they relaxed?
    While I am asking stupid questions,
    How would I know when they "give to the bit"? Is it them relaxing and not pushing on it?
    Sorry for the questions, but thank you for the help
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        09-19-2008, 04:24 PM
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    Wow... collection... Um... I'm not very good at explaining things so people may come in and scream "IGNORE FARMPONY"...if they do... well... like I said, I'm not very good at explaining things...

    When a horse is "collected" it is traveling in a balanced frame, it is moving from the rear end. Once you've seen the difference between a collected horse and one that travels on it's front end you'll see the difference. People will tell you that you can FEEL the difference... I'm still working on that.

    Maybe if some people could post pix of a collected horse and a strung out horse...
        09-19-2008, 04:49 PM
    Green Broke
        09-19-2008, 05:20 PM
    Thanks gingerrrrr and farmpony. I think when I go to the barn I should focus on a horse and rider and see where the weight is.
        09-19-2008, 10:53 PM
    I would look at this site.

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