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Re: RC: Re: RE: High headed? "Collection" at "extension"???

Hi Frank,
    I've noticed as I've been working on collection, working from the rear,
flexibility and all the others skills ring work improves, that my horse becomes
more relaxed and starts breathing soft "wuffles" with each stride (esp. at the
canter).  I'm assuming he feels more comfortable as he learns to use all parts of
his body correctly instead of being all out of balance with each step a scramble
to keep his balance!
Cheers, Laney wrote:

> I love a proper sitting trot for 15 to 20 meter circles, figure eights and
> serpentine (deep and shallow) for strengthening the stomach, stifle, loin and
> hip.  It also helps with sacro/lumbar flexibility (a "must" for soundness and
> athletic ability).  Some cavelleti work will help in this regard as well.
>    When sitting the trot, I do not ask the horse to compromise his "relaxed
> mental state" seeking "collection."  IMO exercise without a "relaxed mental
> state" is exercise in futility.
>     Partial collection, nose a bit ahead of vertical, is fine when forward
> motion is relaxed and rhythmic.
>     I really believe strengthening the stomach, loin and stifle is integral
> in building a "strong rear end."
>     Proper use of leg aids in these exercises certainly helps communicate (in
> quiet tones) the requests to your horse without disrupting that mental state
> so vital to good exercise.
>      Sincerely,
>        Frank.
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