10-13-2011, 03:35 PM
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All good trainers today are training for the same type of collection and striding under, so this is a moot point and your friend doesn't really know. Since I DVR a lot of horse programming I was able to compare 2 unrelated programs that prove this point very well. Julie Goodnight recently aired a program with a man who needed help moving his horse into cutting. She set up 4 cones and taught him 2 exercises. The first described a perfect circle around them, the 2nd turned it into a square, and she taught him to collect his horse around the corners before proceeding down the line to the next cone. I also taped a recent "Dressage Symposium" where I heard/watched Robert Dover describe how to introduce a pirouette to his young horse by using the corners to half-halt, then proceed down the wall. BOTH horses were schooled to a collected canter and were obedient to the aids. Same exercise, different tack. Point made.