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post #1 of 8 Old 02-11-2010, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Lengthing??

Is lengthing basically making your horse go faster??

I know that sound like a really stupid question but the gymkhana I went to last week she asked us to lenghten and all I did was ask Buzz to go faster... and I got first, but also the other horses in the class were miss behaving so it could just be I did everything else right...
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-11-2010, 08:43 AM
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No.

Lengthening means to lengthen the stride of the horse. The speed of the horse should not change, the horse should simply take a longer stride.

As an example: If it takes 12 strides to get from A to B in a regular stride length, it should take 11 strides to get from A to B with a slightly lengthened stride.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-11-2010, 08:58 AM
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Is lengthing basically making your horse go faster??



I know that sound like a really stupid question but the gymkhana I went to last week she asked us to lenghten and all I did was ask Buzz to go faster... and I got first, but also the other horses in the class were miss behaving so it could just be I did everything else right...
You were probably the best of what was there. Mercedes is right.
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-11-2010, 09:03 AM
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lengthening

You want to lengthen both the frame and the stride while keeping the same rhythm and tempo.

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post #5 of 8 Old 02-11-2010, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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ok thankyou :)
Another question on the same subject how would you teach your horse??
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Assuming your horse listens to your leg aid already, you apply alternate leg aid in ryhthm with i's stride. That means squeezing or tapping with your lower leg, first the left then the right, alternately. The idea is to apply the leg aid as the horse's hind leg on that side comes forward, asking him to step under more/step bigger.

It's actually easier to feel this/learn to apply it at the posting trot - your inside leg aid is applied as you post, the outside as you sit (assuming you're posting to the outside diagonal) You'll know that the horse has lengthening when you're staying up in the air longer when you post - if the horse quickens rather than lengthens, you'll post faster and stay in the air a shorter amount of time.

The same principles apply at the walk, though you have to have a more sophisticated feel for the beats of the walk, and apply your inside aid as the inside hind comes forward, outside as the outside hind comes forward.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-12-2010, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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thankyou :)
Its always good to learn something new
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-12-2010, 05:31 AM
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If your horse is already working with impulsion and not on the forehand often you can just ask for a little more with your legs without allowing them to break stride. Rhythm is very important.
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