Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Does he know HOW to collect? He may have trouble rating because he doesn't know how to lift his spine and carry himself in that balanced, elevated frame. I know you are doing games, but I'm pretty sure it's important for gamers to be able to switch from that long-low-fast frame to that elevated-round-agile frame. I'm no gamer but When I do work with changing frames I do serpintine exercises. Maybe try trot-walk-trot serpintines turning off the outside aids, and work up to lope-trot-lope and eventualy all lope serpintines, always off the outside aids ( to keep the inside shoulder elevated).
It's really good, though that you are seeing daily inprovements already. And small improvements are still improvements. We can't expect out horses to make leaps and bounds improvements every day!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork