Beginning Horse Riding : Collection Horse Training a Jog
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Beginning Horse Riding : Collection Horse Training a Jog

October 22, 2019


Creating a well behaved and balanced animal,
can come along together nicely, if we’re not afraid to take just that little piece of collection.
A lot of my new riders begin with a fear of that, as though they’re kind of holding on,
or pulling back on the horse. It’s fearing and using their mouth, rather than the forward
movement that we like to use, the hindquarter impulsion, moving forward into the bridle.
We’re going to ask this rider to go ahead and walk forward, as she begins to ask for
some light collection. We talked about the hand position, and now we’re gong to add,
moving this horse forward, off of her leg, and remembering the concepts of balancing
and moving this horse in a round fashion, around her inside leg. I like my horses to
get pretty quickly on to that submissive, quiet in the bridle, moving forward, so that
I can take charge, and control everything from his nose, onward through to his tail.
We like to take charge, so that we can create that position from ourselves and the horse,
where the rider is predicting every footstep, that this horse takes. As we move this horse
forward into the bridle, maintaining the collection, we also see him using his body more athletically.
It’s a hard step, and it’s one that many riders avoid, because it’s confusing, if you feel
as though you’re in a battle with the horse, and the horse is not submitting, as you like.
It’s always best to kind of step back and repeat it often at the stand still, until
that horse feels that off of your soft half halt, asking him to submit as you stand still,
you can move that then to the walk, and as we’ll see here, we can also go to the jog.
Let’s ask this horse to jog, and begin asking for that more submissive, and collected style
jog. In the beginning, it will feel as though you might be holding a bit of tension, to
the horse’s mouth. Again we stress, it’s holding tension, not pulling. The horse then, has
permission to find and submit to their own reward, so as this horse submits, he finds
his own reward. The rein will become a bit looser, and that’s when the rider can start
to take advantage of the body mechanics that have brought this horse to that point, where
the loose rein can then be emphasized. We could take this horse, and through collection,
eventually put those reins down to that loose, long, Western Pleasure style of riding, and
ask the horse to maintain his position, because someday he will like this. He will find that
the ability to hold himself in a collective frame, is a compliment to his athletic movement,
so therefore, he will continue to seek that reward that brings him to the ultimate horse
that is collective, balanced, and smooth to the rider.

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  1. Good video. Makes perfect sense to me, but I have been working a lot of collection in my lessons recently. But I don't think it is a video that beginning riders can easily understand.

  2. this was a really well amde video, really good for expert village and helpful. I don't know what the heck you people are talking about "thats not an english bridle" "the girth is too loose" good lord you guys…

  3. I agree with LaRana. The vid doesn't even talk about the cues to give, what to look for etc. The horse isn't carrying himself so how can he collect? Load of crap if you ask me. I wouldn't call myself expert villiage if I were you.

  4. A horse that is carrying himself will not have a hollowed back like the horse in the vid, his nose will also be vertical, or slightly in front of the vertical, not stretched out with all four legs moving underneath the horse not lagging out the back like in this video- just in case anyone wanted to know.

  5. if your horse isent acting up, or getting nippy or hipor. then i think its okay to give him/ her apples every day. it really depends on the horses behavior

  6. People, people! I see a young calm horse with a nice walk and lots of impulsion.
    That's part of collection wright? Anyway, to achive true collection takes time …
    You people say, that she doesn't give any cues. So what about when she says…Impulsion, forward, balancing, holding energy but not pulling … That sounds likegood cues to me 😉
    I found a good cue …. "Hold the energy and don't pull" ….
    Defintly, I'll use this word next time that I'want to explain some part of collection!

  7. Hey what 's with all the rudeness here, posters, jesus. If you don't like it and don't think that the horse is collected or that her instructions are clear, JUST SAY IT LIKE THAT! And by the way, I think "collection" is something hard to describe, and hard to achieve for begginers because it is a "feel thing" not a now do this thing. And for crying out loud, a jog is a slow trot. What we would call in English riding, a sitting trot. Now everybody get over themselves!

  8. My goodness! I'm interested to know how many of you so called 'experts' that are posting all these negative comments have your own multimillion dollar riding/teaching facility? And how many of you consistantly produce winners?
    BTW: The terms 'jog' and 'lope' are western riding terms. The english riding terms for these gaits are 'trot' and 'canter', respectively.
    Last, but certainly not least, a positive attitude and outlook is scientifically shown to reduce blood pressure! Try it!

  9. I think some of what you said was ok, but i don't see it beeing done? I also miss that you talk about what collection really is about and why don't you use the forward-impultions to make the collection as you talked about? You are not supposed to "hold" the horse in the front – that should be done with the seat (point of weight) first and foremost. The reinst can be a small correction sometimes when the horse is disobidient, but not when the horse don't know the main aids for collection)

  10. I'm not an expert, but isn't it better sometimes to get the horse moving forward freely before you ask for collection?

  11. Karen Smith, it takes almost NO understanding of a horse to have a multimillion dollar riding stables and constantly produce winners. Don't believe me? Just look at the ways most of the leading riders ride their horses.

  12. Yeah, none of what this horse is doing is either moving forward or being collected. Is he giving to the bit sometimes? Sure. But, his hind end is strung out behind him and he is pulling from his shoulder with little push from the hind legs. You should not pull or be tense on your horse's mouth to create collected- collected does not come from the bit or bridle. This horse should be moving forward, stepping up under himself, and swinging loose before you mess with his head.

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