Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
but isn't the point of collection not hanging on to the horses mouth all the time, but having them get rounded with a loose rein?
Nice video and it shows your horse in a good light. Contact does not mean hanging on his mouth. A loose rein is a reward, contact means work. Your contact can be so light that it is imperceivable from the ground but you can feel him in your hands. A lightness in a horse comes from "feel". It is so hard to explain a "feel" but one day it will come together for you and you will know it. Before that time is will be mechanical.
It took me years to understand and actually have it come together. Before that I thought I understood but didn't really. Then one day, for a few moments, my horse suddenly felt like a feather under me and at that moment I understood. My teacher is a great horsewoman and was on the US team in the 50's riding open jumpers - Pat Debany. One of her daughters is still riding jumpers but now trains in France - Alice Debany (try google for them). Even though I went Western 20 years ago, my English roots are still with me.
I hope I am making sense with my ramblings
Nice horse BTW and I love the side passes.