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post #1 of 5 Old 08-24-2013, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Getting a correct lengthening in the trot

I'm pretty bummed due to the fact that my trainer from Cali canceled last minute to come up as scheduled for our last two day clinic of the year.

I have been working really really hard on getting Oliver to lift the weight from front engine to rear engine and get more drive from that hind end of his.

Iv been doing head to wall leg yeilds, leg yields from center line and quarter line. This is a big process for him, he gets very flustered and rushes at the end but I recently got to ride my trainers young Irish mare who has leg yeilds done to a T and really felt what it should feel like and the aids needed to really make it crystal clear. I'm hoping in the next two weeks we have them down smoother.

We are getting ready to start going to fall/winter schooling shows to prepare us for our first E.I show season at first level.

The first schooling show is luckily at home, on our island.
October 12th and the judge is my other trainer that my home trainer and I haul out to 3-5 times a year is going to be the judge so it couldn't work out better!?

The main thing I'm having trouble with, and I don't want to start asking him before understanding here's my question to you

How do I correctly get a trot lengthening?
What are some good exercises to help set him up and prepare him?

Thanks! Any help, video, articals or first hand knowledge is what I'm looking for!
My trainer is helping me, and riding him once a month and I am going to see about riding Vessa more to understand more of the 1st level work, or her friesain mare who we are taking to championships soon!

Hope you are all having a good weekend
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-29-2013, 08:39 PM
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Can't really help you with that as I'm only riding training level. I had the pleasure of the horse I'm learning on lengthening his own trot because I unintentionally asked him to do it. It was amazing and I tried not to interfere with his movement. I also can't remember how I managed to accidentally ask him to do that. Lol I am very curious, though, to hear how others can explain how to correctly ask for a lengthened trot and how to train a horse to do it.

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LY is a suppling exercise, not an engaging one. Lengthening is asking for more energy, but first the horse must be able to take effective half halts. Do transitions, keep the horse up/open/active. Post bigger (NOT faster), ask for a few strides, come back again. (Remember extensions come after degrees of collection, so there must be a better balance before you can even get lengthenings.) If the horse is too low or closed it will just run faster/push the load. That is not what you want.
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Agreed with equitate. As well I'd like to mention that head to wall leg yields, except for very specific cases are generally quite counterproductive and actually stifle a large amount of required forward movement. And unless ridden perfectly, often result in a crooked horse.
It's difficult to explain the development process of a lengthen and medium via internet. But just riding a lengthening is a test is like how equitate described. Ride the withers up!
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Once the horse & rider know how to leg yield (LY) in both directions you can start to work on trot lengthenings.

My favorite exercise is to LY deep into the corner from the short side, turn from letter (after the corner) towards X, rev engine, half halt then "soften" and allow elbows to come forward an inch or so. Do it in rising trot to help horse maintain rythmn (with riders posting).

Since horse will be unable to maintain a lengthened trot for long, come back to a working trot within a few strides. Eventually you'll "get" it for the entire diagnol.
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