Straightness at the trot

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Straightness at the trot

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        05-24-2010, 07:44 AM
    Straightness at the trot

    Well, I'm not really a dressage person, but I thought all you dressage people might be able to help me! I've just started riding Dakota again and am getting kind of frustrated with his trot. He zigs and zags all the way around. Sometimes he falls in to the inside, sometimes he hugs the rail so close I think my boot's about to hit it. I know he's an animal and they don't always go in a straight line but I feel like he doesn't really concentrate when he's drifting this way and that.

    Any suggestions or advice?
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        05-24-2010, 12:18 PM
    Ride on a line, ride the horse between your legs on that line.
    Put your elbows on your hips to create a strong barrier with your core and ride from both legs equally with a slight driving seat between your even hands. Keep an even contact in both hands and if he starts wiggling - go FORWARD! A horse cannot go sideways if he is going forward. DOn't try to fix it with your hands or leg - fix it with your position, your body and how you ride. If you ride the horse on a straight line while YOU are straight, the horse will be straight and go on your straight line.

    Good luck!
        05-29-2010, 03:51 PM
    Thanks so much! I tried what you suggested on Wednesday and he was really good!

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