Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
Agree with what has been generally said
As stated, horses perform collected maneuvers all the time, at liberty, when it serves them a purpose.
They also do flying lead changes all the time, transitions etc.
We don't teach them to do any of the things above, but we do teach them to perform them on cue, when we ask for it. Same for collection.
There are times, in certain performance events, carrying a rider, where collection allows a horse to use himself efficiently, able to respond to the rider's lightest cues, working with his hind end engaged, and shoulders up
There are also times you just want to cover ground, as in riding out on a trail, racing etc, and then the horse just moves 'natural', as that is the most efficient way to cover ground, negotiate a challenging trail, ect
Some horses never need to learn to move collected, esp if they are just ridden recreationally.
On the other hand, if you show a horse, and he only can move strung out, you are not going to be able to ride tight patterns, ect
All horses taught collection, can also move natural, but horses that just can move natural, can't move collected, while ridden, unless trained to do so.