The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection
Achieve Willingness, Balance, and the Perfect Frame with Performance Horses
LYNN PALM with Stacy Pigott
Foreword by Jane Savoie
Collection is one of the most misunderstood concepts in Western and English riding. Everyone wants it, but few people know how to get it. World-class rider, trainer, and clinician Lynn Palm now offers the one and only book that explains away the mysteries of collection while telling you exactly how to attain it. With 40 years experience riding and training champion all-around performance horses, and a background in dressage, Lynn has perfected an easy-to-use system of exercises that gradually collect any type of horse, regardless of his build, and that are of particular value to stock horse breeds such as Quarter Horses, Paints, and Appaloosas.
Lynn begins on the ground with in-hand exercises—free lungeing, ground-driving, and lungeing-and-bitting—to gain the horse’s trust and improve his responses to cues and commands. She then explains how you start in the saddle with simple transitions—such as halt–walk–halt—and gradually progress through stages that include more difficult transitions between gaits and markers; lengthening and shortening of stride; yielding on diagonal, straight, and curving lines; turns on the forehand and haunches; shoulder-in and shoulder-fore; haunches-in and haunches-out; half-pass; and simple and flying lead changes. Learning how to bring your horse into true collection helps you improve his performance; create a more willing equine partner; extend his physical and mental longevity; and enjoy riding him even more than you already do.
No other clinician today can begin to match LYNN PALM PITTION-ROSSILLON’S first-class reputation and proven performance record as an all-around trainer, showman, exhibitor, and entrepreneur. Some of Lynn’s notable accomplishments include: 34 World and Reserve World Championships; Four Superhorse titles; American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Female Equestrian of the Year; bridleless exhibitions with the legendary Rugged Lark at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, National Horse Show, The Washington International, and the International World Cup; 2003 Equine Affair Exceptional Equestrian Educator Award winner; 2006 AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year; and Women’s Sports Foundation 2000 Female Equestrian of the Year. Lynn and her husband Cyril Pittion-Rossillon conduct Palm Partnership Training courses at Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida, and at Royal Palm Ranch in Bessemer, Michigan, and Lynn’s “Ride Well” clinics are offered across the country (www.lynnpalm.com).
STACY PIGOTT is an award-winning journalist, editor, and photographer. She spent 12 years in Southern California as Editor of QuarterWeek,
a twice-monthly magazine covering American Quarter Horse racing, before moving to Texas to take the helm of Cutting Horse Chatter
, the official publication of the National Cutting Horse Association. Last year she returned to her first love—Quarter Horse racing—as Editorial Director of TRACK Magazine.
Stacy’s work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times; Quarter Racing Journal; American Quarter Horse Journal; Appaloosa Journal; The Trail Less Traveled; Arabian Horse Times; Weatherford Democrat;
and Fort Worth Business Press
, among others. She currently resides in North Texas with her dog, two cats, one horse, and a donkey. In her spare time, she plays violin with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra.