Collection horse training is a form of horse training that brings the horse into submission with the bridle. Learn more about collection horse training with tips from a horse trainer in this free horse riding video.

Expert: Kathy Kentala
Bio: Kathy Kentala owns the Bee Cave Riding Center in Austin, TX. She also owns Signal Hill Ranch, a western venue specializing in team penning and ranch sorting, barrels, poles, and other speed events.
Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA


22 Responses to Beginning Horse Riding : What Is Collection Horse Training?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Also collecting a horse is very important if your going to sit the trot. If they’re not collected or round then some horses backs get hollow and sitting the trot makes it very uncomfortable.

  2. Anonymous says:

    @usandpets yes! collection is through the back, usually as a result the horse will go into frame, but you have to ask for that too! :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    @AisforAwesome17 yeah, my horse is older, and he is very stubborn he just doesnt like having collection…but we do more work with cows than anything so he keeps his head low.

  4. Anonymous says:

    @cowgirl123455 You’d do much better at barrels if you worked on it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    @vikkij91 Yeh good way to put it!

  6. Anonymous says:

    @flynbytoofast For me in english riding and hacking collecting is rounding and bowing his head

  7. Anonymous says:

    bad rider, need to lengthen the stirrups, and losen the rains

  8. Anonymous says:

    Holy crap, lengthen those stirrups

  9. Anonymous says:

    The way my mom always explained collection to me was you want to be on top of a mountain, not in a valley…Meaning that you want the horse under you, not leaking out (and up) all over the place. made sense to me when I was like 10… 😛

  10. Anonymous says:

    Collection is not submission. It is the way the horse positions their body. The back is rounded, the weight is carried more on the rear and the front is open to move. They do not need to be on the bit to be collected. A trained horse can carry themself in a collected state without pressure from the bit. Having their neck rounded and their head vertical does not mean collected. Where do you get your experts?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmmmm collection nah. My horse can do it but we barrel race and team pin and trail ride honestly we don’t need it

  12. Anonymous says:

    I would like this trainer to google search Performance Horse development if she would like to learn more about Performance Horse Development the event. where riders can win great awards by learning and using basics like she is teaching she can contact me

  13. Anonymous says:

    lol, stop critizing theres no point 😀 Just let them do what they want to show.

  14. Anonymous says:

    She is not horribly off but if you want to learn about collection try and find the book
    “Make the Most of Your Horse: The practical application of collection in
    all types of riding” by Jan Dickerson. I wrote a paper about collection and that was my best source. The book is really helpful; below I have the mla for it.
    Dickerson, Jan. Make the Most of Your Horse The practical application of collection in
    all types of riding. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company Inc., 1970

  15. Anonymous says:

    The bridle work this “expert” shows corresponds more with flexion rather than collection. Flexion creates submission & not collection.
    Collection always comes from the rear & not from the bridle. I think this video shows a poor example of collection. You can not collect a horse from a standstill while playing with the reins. I just hope some beginner doesn’t go pulling on their horse to get them to “collect”
    ExpertVillage: FAIL

  16. Anonymous says:

    Some horses are unable to collect due to their conformation. For example, a sway backed horse is going to have an extremely hard time getting into that collected state because they cannot round their backs very easily. So no, every horse may not be able to collect, but yes, I agree with you on how a horse is more balanced and under better control in a collected state.

  17. Anonymous says:

    you dont know what your talking about

  18. Anonymous says:

    I agree. They are wondeful bits. I have used one myself and it helped my high-headed horse learn to keep his head down.

  19. Anonymous says:

    All of u are dense. Collection starts with the reins and bit. A horse needs to learn how to react to bit pressure before you start working on collection. That’s basically what this video is explaining.

    For those who think the rider’s not releasing, it may be because the horse isn’t correctly giving to the pressure. A horse may put its head down, but that doesn’t mean it’s giving to the bit. The object is to NOT release until the horse gives correctly. In my eyes, I didn’t see it do so.

  20. Anonymous says:

    you bring a horse on to the bit, not in to the bridle! Another Expert Village gaff

  21. Anonymous says:

    First of all, I agree with below, it takes tons more than just your hands to collect a horse. Also, this whole video the rider is asking and asking and asking for collection, and when he does what she’s asking she doesn’t give him a release? That’s why he’s tossing his head!

  22. Anonymous says:

    ya holy crap what do western riders know about collection…why not do one about how get some cows?! lol…im working on putting my horse into a frame…and u dont just use ur hands.