When a strange horse comes upon the scene, or he sees himself in the mirror the attention of the stallion is naturally aroused and his body prepares for action.
He raises his head, arches his back, and brings his legs more under his body.
This makes it easier for him to make sudden changes of direction.
In this ‘natural’ collection the horse’s neck is lengthened……. and this is exactly what we are looking for in straightness training.
Through straightness training, the horse learns to collect itself when requested to do so by the rider.
This ‘artificial’ collection is not about making the horse shorter in the neck, the neck should always be longer rather than shorter, and arch from withers to poll, with the nose slightly in front of the vertical.
The artificial movements in straightness training are derived from the natural movements and they are meant to perfect Mother Nature.