Bracing in downward transitions.

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    07-01-2011, 02:04 AM
Question Bracing in downward transitions.

Having trouble keeping my new mare relaxed from trot to walk transitions.

Braces at the poll and through the back.

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    07-01-2011, 02:13 AM
One thing you can practice is to slow her, with your body more than your reins, to ALMOST a walk, then ask her to move on back to a big trot. Then slow to almost a walk, then back to trot. YOu try to find that edge where she is almost breaking to a walk then ask her to trot forward. If you do this enough, she will start anticipating the downward transition. When you feel her anticipate it and soften when aske only with your body, then take her all the way to a walk, and be ever so soft on the reins. When she makes a good transition to walk, give her a huge loose rein and pet her with a big Good Girl!
    07-01-2011, 02:32 AM
Originally Posted by ponyjocky    
Having trouble keeping my new mare relaxed from trot to walk transitions.

Braces at the poll and through the back.

First you MUST have a relaxed forward trot with the horse listening to you. If you do not have this no matter what method anyone tells you to follow it is doomed to fail.

Second I would not want the horse slowed down but assuming the above principle is in place then a half halt to slightly rebalanced the horse ( you are in fact slowing one hind leg (not the entire horse)to position it to be able to accept the new aids for the new gait).

Third give the new aid CONTINUOUSLY until you get the desired gait.

The biggest fault most people have is they give new aids then stop expecting the horse to immediately comply. This happens only is the most sensitive, obedient and trained horses. Most in the early years of training need to apply the aids and have them remain applied until the change comes into effect.
    07-04-2011, 04:49 PM
In my case, I have been lightening my seat --- actually getting off her back when asking for the transition. It's worked very well, encouraging my mare to round up her back and come under to an energetic walk. But I have to say it's kind of hard on me! I have to get up, on my thighs, and yet keep my legs on. Fortunately, she's learning and getting stronger, and I don't have to get "up" so high.
    07-19-2011, 06:17 PM
Originally Posted by ponyjocky    
Having trouble keeping my new mare relaxed from trot to walk transitions.

Braces at the poll and through the back.

Of course you use you legs to keep the impulsion going during a downward transition so as you lightly apply legs you stop your seat and then with the reins you ask for a SLIGHT bend - inside then outside outside.

Another thing I do (more advanced) is as for the downward transition using the cues for leg yield - inside leg to outside rein. Inside leg gets horse to step underneath itself for better self carriage and outside rein asks for downward transition - less to brace against than two reins.

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