Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Your hands need alot of work. Concider your hands to be an extension of his mouth. your hands should remain still no matter what your body is doing, this is called having an independant seat.
To Develop an independant seat you need to spend alot of time on the lunge without reins and doing alot of work without stirrups, that will teach you to balance yourself and not use your hands for balance as you are doing now.
Carry your hands slightly higher, flex at the elbow and follow the movement of his neck with your hands.
a contact should be light and gentle and they should not lean against it but the MOST important thing is that it is consistant so still, relaxed and consistant hands.
What you are currently doing is getting it right occasionaly but because your hands are not still you are throwing away the contact and confusing the horse, that is why his head is not still.
Speed has NOTHING to do with collection, a horse can e extremly slow and still not collected! collection has to do with impulsion, the power from the back end. You want to create the power with your seat and legs and then contain it with your hands, too much containment and the horse will explode upwards, too little and all the power rushes out the front door and is useless.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT
Last edited by faye; 01-05-2011 at 06:07 PM.