I looked at the pictures of BSMS horse traveink along on the trail... with a hollow back an head up ... well for 5 years you have been riding but your horse could benefit greatly from traveling with a lower head and a relaxed frame.
And FWIW I never learned from one person only to adopt a rigid way of breaking in every horse. I learned from several people and from several horses. Quite honestly you train the horse under you... and that is how you train.. not according to someone elses rules.
Not many classical OR western trainers start a young horse in a rawhide core bosal and mecate. I did.
Allison Finch gets it. So does Tinyliny.. and a few others. I see a bit of Dressage SPORT haters here.. too bad. I am not suggesting nor was it my intent with this thread to get into the business of training a horse for that discipline.
My point was only that every horse can benefit from training and this is what it can look like as any horse learns how to better carry himself.
I have seen trail horses who in their work achieve the full collection depicted in the top image. Certainly not for the entire ride but at various points in the ride.. to both the horse'and rider's advantage.
Does every horse need to do 1 tempe changes? No. But most horses would benefit from knowing how to do a flying change. Does every horse need to do an extended trot and transition to a piaff? No. But every horse benefits from being able to go from a trot to a walk in a balanced frame without leaking all their weight out on the forehand. Does every horse need a sliding stop? No. But every horse would benefit from learning how to go into a stop without falling apart onto their front end.
Why you ask? One is that learning these things actually makes it more comfortable for both horse and rider. The other is that an unbalanced and stiff horse is more prone to injury.
But... they are all YOUR horses. You get to do what you want. You get to be you.
If you want more then the staged diagram shows what it looks like or how it can look. Whether Iinterested in the sport of Dressage or as a person interested in helping their horse be a better ride... training can achieve that.
Having thousands of miles under my seat on many different horses I can say to this day I never just went for a ride. Every ride was a chance to train and improve my horse and my skills. Most of that training btw was out across the land and not in an arena.
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