Originally Posted by farmpony84
Would a walking horse fall into that category? They seem to me to work "happier" when they are collected....?
It's more in the conformation of the horses. Friends of mine just imported two iberian horses and had to actually teach them how to go in a "working" gait to show them in the lower levels. Both have a natural passage and piaffe and the 3 year old would only do walk-canter-walk for the longest time he couldn't do the transition from trot. Keep in mind this natural tendency towards "collection" is often incorrect and dis engaged, hence why we must teach the horse first how to push behind into a working gait instead of allowing him to be in false collection.
Warmbloods and most other horses are the opposite, usually. They usually go in working gaits and it is the act of beginning to develop collection where they develop more pushing power.
OP I have a PSG horse and let me tell you I ride my ass off to get him collected and engaged. I could just let him passage around and it would look pretty, much like the horses in the video, but then the riding ceases to be dressage and becomes trick or exhibition riding. The reins are an integral part of riding and it is very important for a rider to learn how to use that connection to communicate with the horse in a way which does not impede him. "completing the circuit" does not mean the rider is lightly holding the rein with a dead feeling hand. The rein aid, like the seat and leg aid are active, responsive and feeling, all the time in the collection. Posted via Mobile Device