The Importance of Collection

My previous article (“Finding Frame” July/August 2011) described five different frames your horse can carry himself in and how each of those frames affects the development of his back, abdominal and hindquarter muscles. There are three healthy frames - long and low, level and on the bit (high headed with lifted back). This article will focus on the three important, but often misunderstood, training components that affect your horse's ability to work correctly in these frames: Impulsion Engagement CollectionIMPULSIONTry this simple test to see if you have impulsion. Place two poles on the ground four to six feet apart. If you don't have poles, use visual markers such as fence posts, trees or rocks, etc. Walk or trot your horse over the poles or past the two markers and count his steps between them. Next time around, ask your horse to lengthen his stride by increasing the push from his…

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