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    09-12-2011, 11:37 AM
Problems to collect while walking

Hi! This is my first post here, so greetings to everybody!

I have run into a difficulty that I cannot understand. Perhaps somebody could help me out with this. I train my almost 5 year gelding to collect himself in different gaits. We are doing just fine in both raising and sitting trot, as well as in canter – he is nicely carrying himself on the bit with hindquarters engaged and head positioned nicely. But as soon as I ask him to collect while walking, he has started to push out one shoulder and resisting walking straight. I am using leg aids together with neck reining, trying to straighten him out. I begin with light outside leg aid and outside rein against his neck, then stronger, then stronger yet etc, about 5-6 times, until he gives in and straightens out. However, nearly as soon as he straightens out, he pushes out another shoulder and the same thing starts over again, this time to another side. None of this happens while trotting – he nicely carries himself on the bit. Well, he MOSTLY carries himself on the bit while trotting, but even if he tries to “run away”, it is quite easy to get him back on. But not while just walking which, as I supposed, should be easier. He did not do this before, it's a recent behaviour, about a week old. Any idea, what is going on?
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    09-12-2011, 11:44 AM
Sounds bored! At the trot and the canter he has to think!

Try setting up a course to follow. Cones, poles, etc and see if that gets his attention!
    09-12-2011, 03:06 PM
Since you are neck reining, you will hvae to use your seat more to collect.
My guess is that you are trying to hard with leg on and rein on that he is losing his forwardness and starting to bow outward from side to side with resistance to the ever increasing application of aids.

Go back , at the walk, to just getting a good forward walk, and think of encouraging it with your body and even your mind, as you think "walk on!"
When you have a more vigourous step, then use the core muscles of you abdomin to lift and collect him back to your seat. If you get a few good steps, then let him have his head totally and pet him.

I just bet he is feels "over ridden" at this gait.
    09-16-2011, 12:21 PM
Thanks for replies. I'll work on it.

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