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post #11 of 14 Old 08-29-2010, 03:46 PM
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Do you trail ride or hack in fields with this horse? I ask because by far the best movement I get out of my horse is when we're out "playing. Collection cannot happen until the horse has the proper muscling to carry himself correctly. The aforementioned playing is the best way to build him up. I know from experience that if you start going out first at the walk and then working up to trotting and cantering, assuming your position and rein contact is correct and supple, each ride will produce more fluid collected gaits. The added bonus to being out of the ring is, it automatically gives you the forward component necessary for collection. If you don't have forward, there's nothing to collect. There's usually plenty of engine there and all you have to do is keep yourself balanced properly over you horse and your rein length correct and supple, and the collection will come by itself as your horse finds his balance with each subsequent trail ride. I'd start there because you need to feel what it really feels like to you don't accidentally spend years in vain in the confines of a ring for collection that will never come. Once you feel your horse really working from behind in a big powerful trot, you'll be able to start reproducing it in a ring.

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post #12 of 14 Old 08-29-2010, 10:01 PM
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Its never to late to train a horse. I have had people send me older horses for barrel training and some older horses get things quicker and aren't quit as hard headed as some younger ones.
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-30-2010, 09:48 AM
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My OTTB Sam has the same problem, and he's 15! I haven't ridden him seriously in a whole year (bad me!) but he's better now than when he was this time last year! (Partially because I've gotten better, too)
I don't think it's ever too late to teach a horse anything. Once your guy is strong enough to carry himself in a correct, back-up and hindquarters-under, it'll prevent him from getting swaybacked and improve his longevety.
Good luck!

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post #14 of 14 Old 08-30-2010, 09:51 AM
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Never to late!! I just finished breaking in a horse that was.... drum roll.... 13 years old. And I completely expect him to begin collecting as his training progresses.

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