Originally Posted by Seahorseys
I'm not a expert in any sense of the term, but his hind looks exactly the same, with and without, and from what everyone keeps telling me, true collection of the head comes from an engagement in the hindquarters. He actually looks more willing and able to me in the third picture and in the second he just looks zoned out and shut off. Who is riding him in the second picture? They actually are verging on too big for that pony.
In the second picture was me forever and ever ago. It was the only one I could find. But yes I am to big for him. That is a problem we run into is finding someone who isn't squishing him. And your right when he has it one he zones out.
Try lots of transitions, circles, serpentine's, and spirals to encourage him to use himself a little more. You can also introduce half-halts to get him to lower his head, but not put him in a frame. The half-halt should just encourage to keep his head out of the sky. |
I also feel the rider in these pictures is making an impact on the way the pony travels as well. Keeping your [the figurative "you", I don't know who is in the picture] shoulders back and your hands well go even further to encourage the pony to use himself. An incorrect posture in the saddle could very easily be the reason he is shooting his head up to the clouds.
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Yes the rider does affect him alot. And we are working on that. Whenever we ride we half halt in every corner, circle alot, and I usually do dressage test with him. Thank you for the help. I'll keep what you guys say in mind.