“Floating” trot - is that collection?
I’ve recently had a chance to ride a lovely horse. He seems to have a naturally floating trot which I’ve never experienced before. Even though when he is standing still he is built with his bum slightly higher than his whither, when he is troting he tucks his hind end and it feels like going uphill. I could definitely feel that his hind legs are deep under him and me.
Is this some sort of natural collection? His canter under saddle is also “collected”. That is, he looks and feels like a collected horse should (well, what I think a collected horse should feel and look like).
He moves like this from the start, without me doing anything to ask for it. At liberty his trot is floating but the canter looks different, just like any other canter. Is this something that has to be trained in all cases or could he just have been born like that?