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