Collection

 

Collection

Collection is at the top of the training pyramid.

 
Lusitano-CollectionCollection is at the top of the training pyramid because it requires great muscular strength and relaxation from the horse.   To accomplish this, the rider and horse must also be in symphony and must be able to understand each simple natural aid the rider executed to direct the horse to do something.   The horse is able to transfer and accumulate all its energy from the natural gravity center near the front to the back where he can best use it with his powerful hind legs.
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Lusitano-CollectionDuring collection the horse lowers its hind quarters which act like a compressed spring which allows him to do all kinds of exercises and routines a normal horse cannot execute.   Building and controlling this energy and the muscles which produce it takes time, energy, dedication and intelligence on the horse’s part.   It takes a lot of patience and assistance from the rider too.
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