I just read Jean-Claude Racinet's "Falling for Fallacies". My mind is blown, this is the dressage I thought ALL dressage was back in my innocent youth, light handed with the willing cooperation of the horse. As a Forward Seat rider I never got into learning competition dressage because I could never see a way to go from the free forward movement to full collection that did not BREAK the flow of the horse, until I started reading Nuno Oliveira, and now Racinet. I can now see a way to go from full Forward Seat to full collection without compromising my horsie moral code.
If you've read Racinet what are your thoughts on his methods?
His methods per se, fine. What are often seen as his, not so fine. Imho PK is clearer.
He often wrote for Dressage & CT years ago. His discussions are those of a horseman, whether we all agree or disagree have to be reasoned and thought out. But they MAKE the reader THINK...and that is the good part.
Why did you think that light seat does not evolve into (possible) collection? All youngsters should start with a rider in light seat!
I did not think that the light seat would evolve into collection under me because I am so uncoordinated and my balance is bad. However, on Arabs, and part-Arabs I have gotten some of the stimulated movement, an Arab gelding gave me dressage trot (pogo stick, my riding teacher yelling at me to keep doing it) one day in a double bridle. The bay Arab mare in my avatar photo gave me a terre-a-terre one day on a canter depart when I did not advance my hands quickly enough, and one day she did a small croupade, again when my hands were a little stronger than she thought ideal with the snaffle bits I was using (Wellep and Mullen mouth snaffles). She has a REALLY sensitive mouth. I take this as showing me that my basic training is done properly, especially since when I started riding her she was crippled by an occult spavin and other arthritis and felt like she falling into pieces under me. Now she is strong enough at 30 years old to give me "advanced" movements when she is displeased with my hands.
I also got a type of collection on two Paso Fino mares, this was a true case of me letting the horse decide how they were going to go, with sensitive rein contact. One I did with a double bridle, the other was in a snaffle I think. I was not aiming for collection, but since that was what the mares wanted to do I did not argue with them, at least their walks were as nice and extended as any Forward Seat horse.
When I was introduced to dressage the book "Riding Logic" was in vogue, and all the people aiming for collection were digging their seat bones down in the saddle, to "drive" the horse into the bit. It took me about 25 years to get good enough to get some proper results with very few lessons. I ride Forward Seat properly if slowly, and it is nice to get some springy results though I don't want to ride like that every moment in the saddle. To much work!