Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Sonny, He looks a whole lot better but he can't be rounded if his back isn't. He still looks like he is moving from his front but his head is looks nice and vertical - I like that Take the slack out of your reins, hold some contact and drive him with your legs - move him into the bridle. It takes time for him to learn to collect - not just a day or even a month. One day you'll pick up the reins and he'll "bunch up" and automatically drive with his rear. That takes more time then you are giving him. Each time you give him slack, he learns the wrong thing. The slack should come at the end of the lesson as a signal that it's over and he did a good job; until then you need to keep him in the bridle.
Dressage horses do not develop until they have had years of training. You can't teach automatic collection in a month.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
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