[QUOTE=mildot;1457745]None of the above has anything to do with collection.
All you are doing is beating the head down and dragging around the forehand.
Collection (the real kind, not the fake headset) takes years to teach and achieve and has absolutely nothing to do with where the head or neck are.
Although it may sound like all I'm doing is getting the horse to drop its head, that is not at all what I am doing. At first, yes, I am teaching my horse the drop down cue, and once she masters that is when I begin to teach collection. By no means is her head just dropped, she is taught that way to have a rounded top line and to tuck her nose in, just the way that collection should be. After using the see-saw technique, I am able to get her to collect now just by picking up the reins.
I know there are many other ways to teach collection, however, I do not like training with the use of draw reins, and instead prefer to teach my horse to pick me up by using the muscle on the top of her neck rather than the bottom.