Rhythm is your first step. On the flat to start. Even strides the same length on the straight and on a turn. At the walk and at the trot.
As your horse becomes more rhythmic he will likely start to lower his head and reach down for the bit stretching his top line and reaching further under with his hind feet with each stride.
As he becomes both rhythmic AND supple you can begin to initiate contact by pushing the horse forward and picking up the reins. At first you may only get a few strides but as the horse learns to move forward into your hands while maintaining rhythm and suppleness he will be able to do more.
This is the beginning of contact.. and the start of collection. At this point you will decide what you are training for... because this is your foundation. Posted via Mobile Device