When riding collection it is important to make sure that your hands do not get too low and pull backwards.
I often see a lot of people trying to attempt to get collection by moving their hands down really low and bumping their horses head back.
This is not true collection!
True collection starts at your horses hind legs and then your hands are simply asking the horse to stretch forward and down into position.
It is a hard concept to get but you will instantly feel the difference when you make the change, and your horse will thank you for it too!
Work on keeping your hands up in the correct position and maintaining contact. Focus on getting the horses body well balanced and forward by following the collection pyramid system and your horse will be able to collect really easily for you.
There shouldn't be any fighting for collection, it is a partnership that requires good communication from the rider in order to get results.