Lack of Understanding Terminology Used on this forum....
I am the kind of person whose family (mom, dad, and grandpa) rode ranch horses and took them to the local rodeo for barrel racing or pole bending on the weekend during the summers. Horses back then were a tool only for getting jobs done. Horses were not trained to do fancy stuff. If a horse was bossy and charged at you they would meet a tree branch. Training aids and fancy gear was never any option. You would use your brother's saddle and and ride in a halter and lead rope if there was not enough briddles to go around. So I was never exposed to the type of terminology that some people on here use.
My history is I was on the back of a horse when I was 8 year old and only rode with a horse being led. Then I actually got my first horse when I was 16. This colt was 6 months old. I studied and learned how to teach a horse basic ground manners and this all eventually led to breaking the horse to ride with very basic skills. Over time, I was allowed to care for and break and train a couple of two year olds and began to learn more and more each time different ways to approach breaking and training techniques. I always had nose in a book, my ears listening, and my mouth always asking questions on how to teach a horse something.
Some of the terminology used on this board I don't understand because I have never came across it. My riding style is western and I only know what an english saddle looks like (never took the time to learn anything about this style of riding)
1. Flexing - ?
2. Disengaging hind quarters - ?
3. Bending laterally and vertically - ?
4. Collect - ? Something to due while they are moving
** As I find more terms, I will post them. I only want to know what other people are refereing to or talking about when they leave a message on this board about training.