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post #1 of 5 Old 02-15-2018, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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“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?
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Some horses have an easier time engaging and their conformation lends itself well to correct(er) movement. I wouldn't call it collection, rather suspension, cadence, or engagement.
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If you aren't riding the horse into 'collection' then its just a good natural self carriage, elevation and balance.
Its what selective breeding for competition is all about and gives you a head start above someone with a horse that has to be worked a lot harder on to get the same result or in many cases one that's inferior
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would be fun to see a video of this horse. and, I'd say "good self-carriage' is the best term.
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
would be fun to see a video of this horse. and, I'd say "good self-carriage' is the best term.
Unfortunately - or fortunately :) it isn’t my horse so I can’t post a video but he looks approximately like this:



He places himself in this shape in canter without any contact.

He doesn’t look like an Arab despite the tail carriage but the owner doesn’t know anything about his breeding. He was practically rescued.
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