Collection is my favorite thing to work on. It’s a necessity for every performance horse. Almost everything we ask our horses to do requires athleticism on their part. A horse that’s truly collected is driving their hind legs up under themselves, lifting their stomach and engaging their abs, and elevating their shoulders. Naturally, horses carry more of their weight on their front end. When collected, they shift their weight to their hindquarters.
Essentially, your horse is spring loading itself. A collected body is a body that’s ready to make an athletic move.
When football players get ready to make a play, they crouch down and get their legs up under their body in preparation for an explosive move like tackling or running. It’s not much different than collection in horses.
You can improve so many of your horses’ maneuvers if you can communicate with them to take on an athletic, collected form.
All that glitter doesn’t turn into Gold, some may be bronze, some may silver and some remains in billions of hearts. On PTUsha’s 55th birthday today, we pay tribute to the woman #athlete who made us proud as we watched her scale heights hitherto unheard of.