Vevet, I used to ride that way but I have found that it is much easier to get a horse straight and light by thinking and riding differently. It is not possible to develop real straightness and independent strength of each limb with out being able to control the shoulders, particularly the outside shoulder . This is done through reins. Here is a good (very basic) example of how to do it.
You need to be pretty strong from your knees to your ribs to help a horse to collect, IMO. If you are training it, you need core strength to keep them in position when they need help (or resist). If they are trained for it already, you need core strength to stay out of their way as you ask for more engagement and balance. If you ask them to engage (rotate their pelvis) and you can't hold engagement of your own core, it isn't pretty.
And I'll thank you not to refer to my glutes as monster ones :eek: :lol:
Oh dear, I've never met her but I'm sure Velvet is as devastated as I in thinking we need reins to control the shoulders.
But to make it as less convoluted as possible.... To start collection, the horse needs to start to move his inside hind toward his mid line, toward the center of his belly, which lifts his back and wither, which lifts his shoulders, neck, and head, hence an uphill appearance.
While he is working toward collection, his base becomes narrower (remember the haunches are wider than the shoulders), and his balance then becomes more precarious, like a tight roper, or a gymnast on a balance beam. If the rider doesn't have strong enough core herself, she will be floppy on his back, causes him to lose balance, and destroy the collection.
With a properly engaged core, the rider becomes absolutely vertical on top of the moving horse, therefore causing no hindrance in his efforts; she creates a tiny space between her seat bones and saddle, therefore inviting her horse to round up and lift his back; she is steady herself, therefore noticing anything underneath her: for example, if her horse starts to lose correct alignments, which is essential for collection, she can instantly make mini corrections, whether it to control the front ends, hind ends, or anything in between.
Now all these are theories that you need in order to know what you are doing. The road map is much longer, and longer yet is the path. Follow the progression of the training, from intro/training/1st and so on and so forth. The exercises in those levels are your road map to collection.
Do some reading. I don't mean to sound bitchy, but you'll never get whole, contextual, illustrated answers from a BB :)
I steer with my bellybutton :)
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Once my horse is in a collected frame, they are in self-carriage and I'm actively watching, not holding. No need to, you just get in the way or make them numb to the more subtle weight and other aid changes.