Exercises to improve the walk

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Exercises to improve the walk

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    04-19-2012, 01:55 AM
Exercises to improve the walk

I thought it would be good to start a series of little threads filled with members tips of improving certain aspects of the horse's training. It will be a good place for people to refer to for help, before starting a new thread :)

What are your best exercises for improving the walk?
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    04-19-2012, 08:00 PM
Believe it or not, a lot of suppling on a loose rein. I do smaller circles, shoulder ins and leg yielding to start. I then pick up the contact and ask the horse to round and then let the reins out to get the horse to stretch to the contact while maintaining the hind impulsion. While it took over 30 minutes of this originally to get my horse to get the nice long walk with overtracking, he now gets it in about 5 mins.
    04-19-2012, 08:19 PM
Ironically my efforts to improve my horse's walk is to consciously do as little as possible to interfere with it. I had always scored in the 7's with my horse's working walk and free walk. (we're just doing training level so no collected walk) Last summer, in an attempt to improve my seat, I began using a new trainer who came highly recommended. She had me doing all sorts of adjustments with my seat to enhance his walk and was continually telling me to slow him down. Next dressage test, for the first time ever, we got busted for a lateral walk and scored a 4. Ugh!! Ever since then, my method of improving the walk has been to try to match my seat/hips/lower back to exactly what my horse was doing. Instead of try to manipulate it, I now try to match what is offered. I'm firmly in the school of thought that you cannot change a horse's walk without making it un-pure. All you can do is match it and let the horse shine through.

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