Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
You don't need draw reins at all. They don't teach collection. You want collection, you will need to learn how to use your body properly and convey that to the horse. It's not really something we can tell how you can to unless you know the basics of it. It's a feeling, not just in your hands, but in your seat, legs & posture. When the horse is collected, you will feel his back rounding for you, the head position just follows. In order to get that, you will need instruction I'd wager. Getting riding lessons doesn't mean you don't know how to ride, it means you want to sharpen your existing skills & improve. How many Olympic riders compete without a coach? Zero.