Promoting Suspension

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Promoting Suspension

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    11-23-2011, 10:07 AM
Green Broke
Promoting Suspension

Okay, this is a shocker to me because I NEVER thought Cinny would be able to have any kind of suspension due to his breeding (he's APHA) BUT, when I ask him to shorten his trot strides he seems to be getting some vertical movement. I asked Rob to watch us (remember he's NOT a horse person and doesn't know the lingo) he said it looked like Cinny was jumping up and down on a pogo stick! Could he possibly one day carry off a piaffe????

So now I would really like to know ways I can strengthen the "correct" muscles to help encourage this. Does anybody know exercises that help with suspension besides the usual trotting over poles (he's so bored with that). We currently trot poles, trot balanced 5M circles throughout our workouts to keep him listening and work his balance and strength, and I've started lunging him over small (1 ft) crossrails to help develop his hiney a bit more.

Some more exercises to help encourage that unexpected suspension would be great.

Rob also says Cinny's canter looks funny because he's "up and down in front, like he is putting all his weight on his back and dancing in front" this makes me laugh but inside I am giving myself high fives because I know this is another good thing.
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    11-23-2011, 11:50 AM
Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    

So now I would really like to know ways I can strengthen the "correct" muscles to help encourage this..
Serpentine with the CORRECT timing of half halts.
    11-23-2011, 05:22 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Spyder    
Serpentine with the CORRECT timing of half halts.
Ah, that will be double duty.... I need to work on my half halt timing too, so we both will benefit from this one. Thank you :)
    11-23-2011, 08:44 PM
Green Broke
Bumping back up. Any other suggestions?
    11-24-2011, 12:16 AM
Sounds like you are looking for information on creating cadence. Honestly there is just too much information to put into one post. But broadly, you will need him to be working properly from the hind end to establish rhythm and tempo first.

There are plenty of great dressage books that go into the training scale in great detail that will probably help you out with deciding what exercises to work on.

Sounds like you have been bitten by the dressage bug!

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