Originally Posted by sorelhorse
first off let me start by saying a horse can't truly lope without being collected. If you watch the aqha/apha worlds western pleasure you see that EVERY SINGLE horse is driving from the hind end, collected, slow and with a good headset. If a western pleasure horse is on its front end, it will trope or trip, and trust me, tropers do NOT place in a western Pleasure class. YouTube - AQHA SELECT WORLD SHOW WESTERN PLEASURE 2008
This western pleasure horse is collected and slow.
See that is where I disagree. NONE of the horses shown in that video are either collected or driving from the rear.
The horse is in fact pulling itself along and the rear is doing what it needs to to keep pace. They are all on the forehand.
I posted this on another thread and to achieve the beginnings of collection all horses in all disciplines must satisfy the following.....................
An even loading on all four legs and where the horse has given its body up to the riders full commands (in other words moves easily throughout).
With what was being posted on that other thread I was going to post a thread on understanding collection but given the fact that people will never do searches and still ask I figured it was a waste of time so I suggest people just google it on the net.