Originally Posted by katieandduke
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How do I get him collected? I will try to take some vids this weekend of his different paces.. if that will help.. and yall can critique on me and what he and me needs to work on.
All I do is widen my reins but keep my hands where they were so low..This creats pressure on the mouth and your asking for the head once they drop the head even if its just an inch or smaller release right away and pet. Then ask the the drop again. If you want the head lower you can shorten the reins, or when you ask lower your hands farther down so you ask for more of the drop. Try that at the hault until he knows that it means to drop the head. Then try it at the walk that will build untill you can ask for him to be more rounded in the neck and poll. Once you get him to be fully collected you can ask at the trot and do a ten meter or 20 meter to help collect him.
I don't use half halts because for my horse it mean to slow down or steady the pace. But when asking at the walk,trot,canter you do need to have impulsion from the hind quarters so he as good steady spring in his steps.
But if you horse dosent know how to be collected then asking from the hault and having baby steps up to the canter is best. I hope that all makes sence and I explained that right