Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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I am speaking from a dressage/english perspective here. I see the article is western based, but there are certain training terms that transcend disciplines.
It seems to me that there is a disconnect between "slow with a headset" and "round and collected." They are not equal. A horse can go around slow with his head down or avoiding the bit, and evading by dropping behind the vertical as shown in most of those pictures throughout the article, and look "pretty" but be functionally strung out and not connected whatsoever tail to nose.
When I set out reading an article about roundness and collection, I am always disheartened when the author starts in about where the head should be right off the bat. Forget the head; it will fall into place when the horse starts to learn to use its back and body correctly. Also, you want to have the horse connected to your hands; you want to feel weight in the reins. You don't want to be supporting the horse's head, but you do want to have that connection, bit to hand. I know this is not possible in the western disciplines, but I get very disheartened when it's suggested to encourage your horse to drop behind the bit.
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