What is the difference between collected trot and working trot?
Working towards collection is a thing that we do the whole time we’re on the horse. And it’s just about bringing the hind legs closer to the front legs. And, obviously, the ultimate collection is the piaffe.
But I want him to start sitting on his hind legs. Start getting light in front because he’s a big old heavy Friesian. So I’m just going to bring his trot back, soft in the hands. Put him in a shoulder-in.
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Okay. So the difference between working trot and collected trot. So, firstly, it’s not something that you can see until it’s completely developed. It’s not like, “Oh okay, Que, you’re five years old. You’re on working trot. Now go on collected trot.” Working towards collection is a thing that we do the whole time we’re on the horse. And it’s just about bringing the hind legs closer to the front legs. And, obviously, the ultimate collection is the piaffe. That’s… Sure, that’s not collected trot, it’s piaffe. But collected trot turns into, eventually, that level of collection.
So right now, Que is trotting around, and he wants to go quite fast. He wants to kind of do, if I left him… I’m trying to play with you, good boy. He’s got so many different buttons. Okay. Yeah. This is the trot he wants to do if I completely leave him alone. And it’s a nothing, it’s a working trot. It’s nothing, really. But I want him to start sitting on his hind legs. Start getting light in front because he’s a big old heavy Friesian. So I’m just going to bring his trot back, soft in the hands. Put him in a shoulder-in, which means… If he stays now, he’s gone out of his shoulder-in. If he stays in the shoulder-in and he stays slow, that’s going to start to bring him into a bit more of a collection. And it’s not a sourced collection. You can see, I can give with my hands. But if I can start to put his body into shapes, the shoulder-in shape, a half-piaffe shape, and I can keep the trot slow. Now, remember, on some horses you’ve got to keep the trot quick. But on him you want to… Yeah, good boy.
Then that’s… That’s not collected trot, please don’t think I’m saying that’s collected trot. But the horse has to learn to be able to do a trot like this. Good boy. And come back to me, come back to me. And you can see we struggle with the come back to me. You’re going to put him in a shoulder-in shape. Ah, and the minute you put them in that shoulder-in shape it means that inside hind leg has to take more weight behind. And then that means they can slow down. So to work on the collected trot of this horse, that’s everything. That’s all I’m going to do. Big trot and collect. Slow trot. Ah, good boy. And I want it to come from my body and not my hands. And big trot. And the big trot we struggle with as well, because he wants to canter. Good boy. And slow trot. And then we struggle to come back. Shoulder-in. Shoulder-in, come save me. Save me. I still haven’t got him. Still haven’t got him. Good boy. And walk.
So that’s what it looks like when you’re training it. That’s what I’m assuming you’re going to look like when you’re training at home. And it’s okay. How long did it take me to bring him back? 50 strides. But I could brought him back earlier if I had to by just pulling on his head. But that doesn’t teach him collection. We teach the inside hind leg to come closer to the body by using a shoulder-in. We cheat, we use a shape. And then that allows the horse to understand, when we tighten our body and tighten our abs and put the collection aid on, the horse knows, “Ooh, I’ve got to bring my hind legs more under the body.” Which is the start of all that work. So have a play, trust that helps.
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