Sunday, February 1, 2009

Collection - Part 2 - Why We Need It

Continuing My Discovery of Collection
article I defined collection. This article will discuss why we need collection on our horses.
(Larry Trocha explains why so well that I've included it here.)

I started to really learn about collection & apply it 18 years ago (as of 2010) when I started to train my own horses for reining. I knew it was important so I searched, read, watched & practiced everything I could about collection.
Some of the great trainers & horsemen that had books & videos that I learned from are:

Larry Trocha,

"So, what is "true" collection?
"True collection is a way of riding your horse that teaches him to round his back, lower his croup and travel with his hocks farther under his body.
When done correctly, collection also teaches a horse to flex at the poll, relax his lower jaw and become soft, supple and light.
Here are just a few of the benefits of getting your horse collected:

  • Your horse's stops will be deeper and and at the same time his mouth will feel softer. His neck and shoulders will also be more relaxed.
  • Flying lead changes will be more controlled and precise with far fewer missed hind leads.
  • Spins and turn-a-rounds will be more free and smoother too. Usually, a well collected horse will have a better (more level) top-line when spinning.
  • Your horse will lope smoother and more balanced because he'll be striding with his hind legs farther under his body. His lope will be more controlled.
  • Better head-position while performing any maneuver.
Larry goes on to say: "Once you ride a horse that is truly collected, you will wonder how your training program ever got along without it."
So true! It's all about body control.
You will be amazed at how much better a horse rides when the horse knows to collect themselves while being ridden. "A Cadillac in the making!"

Next collection article.... How to Ask for Collection
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Questions & comments always welcome. Happy February!
If you need help with this, please contact me.

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