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post #21 of 32 Old 03-01-2012, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not really sure what my breeches are. But I'll go to the tack shop and check those out, thanks.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I'm not really sure what my breeches are. But I'll go to the tack shop and check those out, thanks.
For me.. idk why but after I canter I have the best sitting trot LOL. I think it's due to my horse.. once he relaxes then his trot becomes bearable to sit. Before then, I feel like kernels of popcorn.

But I imagine little gnomes hanging from my ankles, stretching my legs down. It helps me *shrug*

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For me.. idk why but after I canter I have the best sitting trot LOL. I think it's due to my horse.. once he relaxes then his trot becomes bearable to sit. Before then, I feel like kernels of popcorn.

But I imagine little gnomes hanging from my ankles, stretching my legs down. It helps me *shrug*
You would be surprised how much a good canter will improve the trot ;)
If I feel that I've lost the connection in the trot, I'll start some canter work and some trot-canter transitions, and when I come back to trot, it is so much more engaged and the back is much better - ta-da, easier to sit on!!

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I'm not really sure what my breeches are. But I'll go to the tack shop and check those out, thanks.
The entire inside of the legs and the buttocks area will be covered in natural or man made suede.

It's almost like velcro.
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You would be surprised how much a good canter will improve the trot ;)
If I feel that I've lost the connection in the trot, I'll start some canter work and some trot-canter transitions, and when I come back to trot, it is so much more engaged and the back is much better - ta-da, easier to sit on!!
Haha it's the perfect sitting trot magic button!

That's neat though. I'll definitely try that!

I did hear the gait above will improve what you're working on. So trot will improve the walk, canter improves trot, and gallop might improve canter? Hmm..

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Exactly right ;)
Gallop is great for canter, often the canter will start to get quite sticky and not going anywhere, go for a good gallop and then try coming back to your canter work. I bet the canter will be forward and engaged :)
Trot-canters are the best exercise out there for getting that back swinging though, I usually warm up with trot-canters, and as I said in my last post, if I feel I'm loosing some connection, I'll go back to trot-canters again. The horse HAS to use its back and hind legs in these transitions

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Exactly right ;)
Gallop is great for canter, often the canter will start to get quite sticky and not going anywhere, go for a good gallop and then try coming back to your canter work. I bet the canter will be forward and engaged :)
Trot-canters are the best exercise out there for getting that back swinging though, I usually warm up with trot-canters, and as I said in my last post, if I feel I'm loosing some connection, I'll go back to trot-canters again. The horse HAS to use its back and hind legs in these transitions
Thanks for the insight :) Two years needs to just zip by so I can get back to Sky and do this with him!!
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If I feel that I've lost the connection in the trot, I'll start some canter work and some trot-canter transitions, and when I come back to trot, it is so much more engaged and the back is much better - ta-da, easier to sit on!!
Yep, works every time.
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I agree with Anebel about the judges credentials. It angers me when a poor judge does something like this. There are very valid reasons why sitting trot is not required (or even encouraged) in lower level tests. Often neither the horse OR rider are ready for it. There is no valid reason to "prefer" sitting over rising. That judge should have been protested, if she made such a comment, IMO.

AND, in dressage, there is no such thing as a correct or incorrect diagonal. A diagonal is simply a bending tool....no more, no less. For a judge to EVER mark you down for an incorrect diagonal (unless it badly interfered with the horse's movement) is also incorrect.

I had a new student riding a green horse in a championship training level test. The horse was still overbending on one side and she used the incorrect diagonal as an "unbending" tool. The judge marked her down for the incorrect diagonal as an error.

I protested this and the TD had the judge rescind the error markdown. The student won the championship. It would have been an expensive error for my poor student.

Often, when it comes to lower level judges....you get what you pay for.
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Jamming your heels down won't help keep your leg still. It will make your pelvis and lower back stiffen, your knee will jam, your leg will become ineffective and all you will do is brace against the horses movement and everything will become a mess!

You need to soften your upper leg, allow your lower leg to just hang (if you feel yourself bouncing, instead of bracing, try to 'hug' with your lower legs), and allow your pelvis and lower back to soften and move with the trot motion. This is achieved by developing a strong core, to be able to control the movement of your lower body.

If you can get her working through her back, her steps will become longer and she will gradually develop more strength and swing, to carry you. The trot should then become less difficult to sit.
I find this SOOOOOOOOOOOO true!!!!!!!! My instructor always tells me heals down heals down.. which causes me to tighten my whole body and then feel terribly off.

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