|Joined: ||Mon Dec 12th, 2005|
|Location: ||Indiana USA|
|I hear what you are saying, but I blieve that when you achieve TRUE collection with a gaited horse you will end up trotting. SEMI-collection is very attainable and should be the goal of a responsible gaited horse owner/rider. Semi-collection is more difficult than hollowing the back (even if only slightly hollow), but it is all that you can expect from a gaited horse whilst keeping the gait. In true collection the back is so rounded up and it's body length shortened that the horse will not be able to perform an easy gait, but will trot. At least that is the way I remember Brenda's explanation of it.
(By the way, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and your husband @ EA.)