Collection may not be necessary for every horse.
This is another example of the many terms in riding that are misunderstood.
Collection is often confused with having a horse on the bit, and even “on the bit” can be mistaken as holding the reins while kicking the horse forward.
On the aids is a better term, as a bit is not even necessary for achieving this true meaning of a horse moving easily and responsively from the cues of the rider.
These terms are also not only applicable to riding dressage, but for every horse and rider, as good movement is not just for fancy footwork!
A well-moving horse will simply feel better, physically and emotionally.
To learn what “on the aids” (or on the bit) really means, hit play below to learn from anatomy and movement expert, Wendy Murdoch.