Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
I posted this in another thread in response to make a horse move out but this is a very good collection exercise as well. A really good exercise to make this horse collect, is the extended walk & collected walk. It all begins with the walk & you build from there. Ok I am going to try to explain this to you, sorry I am not the best at explaining instructions but here goes....Sit deep in the saddle with your legs well back of the girth. Elbows in, hands still, do not move your hands during any of this, when I say raise your hand I am referring to a lift from the elbow, that's it. Get him walking, collect him up a bit by raising your hands and applying a squeeze with your calf, if he does not respond, use a dressage whip and tap him by your leg until he does, annoy him like this until he responds. DO NOT INCREASE rein pressure, you just lift. Release when he give to you, then squeeze alternate calves on his sides & push with your seat to drive him forward, alternating squishy fingers on the rein, get a rhythm going. Tap him with the whip at your leg if he lags. Keep on it, it's not stronger cues, just the same annoying ones, eventually he'll move out & you might even get a bit of "air time" in between strides if he has enough shoulder reach. When he's doing that for you, collect the walk. Half halt, make your backbone rigid to your seat & calf pressure, weight in your heels & squeeze both the reins for a second, release. When you can feel him rounding for you (even a tiny bit), release & stroke his neck & let him walk as a reward. Keep at him until he can hold the frame for longer periods of time. After you get this down, repeat at the trot. Good luck!