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post #1 of 15 Old 10-01-2012, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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how can you makea horses trot longer for pleasure

my 13 year old paint is just basically been a trail horse all his life and i was wondering if there is a way i can lengthen out his trot somehow. i was told that he did have some potential to become an English horse . i will most likely post a video tomorrow

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-01-2012, 09:54 AM
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Length of the trot stride has to do with conformation as well. A very upright shoulder is going to have a choppier, shorter stride.

I am sure more people will chime in once you post your video and we can see what's going on and then offer some advice.

But, in general, what is going to lengthen that trot is to get his head and neck down (not looking like a giraffe), pushing off the haunches instead of pulling along on the forehand, impulsion (you pushing her in the saddle), and eventually collection and rounding. He needs to have all the proper muscles in her back and haunches built up before he is going to move like an english horse for any long periods of trotting.
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-02-2012, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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what do you mean by pushing him in the saddle
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Pushing may have a technical term, but while at a walk you are rocking your seat and lengthening your arms at her to encourage her to stretch out her neck and legs. At a posting trot, you are posting slightly ahead of the gate and again, throwing your hips at her and over the pommel while lengthening your arms again.

I am trying to find a video but seems unsuccessful.

Maybe to help explain, if you wanted to slow down the trot it is the opposite. You are rising very low and slow and sitting down towards the back of your saddle.

Funny tip to help with teaching yourself how to do this. If you say "Thrust! Thrust! Thrust!" every time you go up in the post and do the action, you will be driving him forward. You will get a laugh out of any spectators.
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-03-2012, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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so other than that what could i work on to make it longer and what ever else it needs to be
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post #6 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 02:08 AM
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He might need some chiropractic work done if you feel he is not moving to his fullest potential. My mare does lead changes and picks up a canter from a walk now. =]
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Yes! Chiropractic work did wonders on my horse! Instant difference in her.
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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its not that hes not moving as much as he can its just that he was never expected to do this so he never learned. we have had chiropractic work done on him before
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Maybe you need some encouragement... Maybe some bumper spurs or a whip?
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 07:55 PM
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what is "upright shoulder" ?
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