Originally Posted by Corporal
ALL horses can be ridden collected, working and extended in every gait. Consider the gallop a 4th "gear" for the canter.
I believe that you need some lessons to feel and be able to distinguish between, recognize and perform the cues you give in rein, leg and weight to get a horse to perform all of these. Many horses are never trained to listen, either, so you probably need a trainer, too.
I do need lessons -- but just don't have that option at the moment
From what I have seen, she has a walk, a trot, a slow canter, a fast canter, and a gallop -- I am comfortable sitting in the walk, trot, and slow canter -- the fast canter is when I start losing a little of my balance and I am definitely not ready for a gallop
Not real sure what you mean by "ALL horses can be ridden collected, working and extended in every gait." --- my initial thoughts are the length of the strides --- collected being slower and shorter than working, and working being slower and shorter than extended --- 3 gears for each gait?
Also not sure what you mean by "Many horses are never trained to listen"