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        09-27-2012, 10:32 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Still could be tension/stress and not "collection" in the dressage sense. You'd have to post a video. My horse, for example, will "collect" if she gets wound up by something like a horse on a trail cantering off in front of her. She'll tuck her nose in, sit on her haunches, get light up front, and throw in some passage, canter piaffe, and a few airs above the ground for good measure. This isn't the type of "collection" I ask for in the dressage ring, because the horse isn't relaxed or on the aids. She did this the other day, because I was holding her back from racing with another horse, and the other rider (not a dressage rider) said she looked very pretty and dressagey. I laughed and said that's not what it felt like. A collected dressage horse will feel powerful, but also fluid, balanced, responsive, but this just feels like a lot of bouncing around with fairly minimal control and the horse tense, explosive, and wound up. Actually, what I said to my fellow rider was, "What the hell was she doing back there?! It felt like there was just a lot of 'up' happening." If a horse went like this as a matter of course, I'd be working on getting it to stretch out, relax, and move in a forward manner.
         
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        09-27-2012, 11:42 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    She doesn't act high strung when she does this and she is very responsive. She isn't trying to get up and go cause if she was doing that she would just gait. She doesn't canter anywhere near as fast as she can gait. Her canter is very slow. If she wanted to burst out she would have no problem. She is actually very balanced. She can w/t/c very small circles to straight up and down steeper hills and never loose her balance or position. She does not lean into her circles either
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        09-27-2012, 12:22 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I would say you are very, very lucky then, & like someone else said, if it aint broke, don't fix it! I would give my left arm if my boy would collect just a little bit! He can have a nice jog, but he don't know the word canter or lope. With him its gallop. Anyway, if your horse does this on her own, I wouldn't try to undo it. People pay trainers good money to achieve what your horse does naturally. Like I said, you are very lucky!
         
        09-27-2012, 12:29 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    I appreciate it! I just didn't want this to be something she does out of discomfort. But she does it easily. She isn't tense or upset she just gracefully moves along
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