Unschooling the over-schooled horse

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    03-04-2010, 08:02 PM
Green Broke
Unschooling the over-schooled horse

I have started riding this really nicely trained dressage horse that a friend owns. The last couple of times that I rode him I was just doing the intro level dressage tests to keep us both busy. However the problem is that when I go down center line I am suppose to halt through walk, but Magic won't go down to the walk and then halt, he just goes from the trot to the halt. He will go from the trot to a walk then a halt anywhere else in the arena, except for when I go down center line. Any suggestions?
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    03-05-2010, 03:12 PM
Practice practice practice! Start by trotting down the center line, straight through with no halt. This will get him thinking a bit. Once he can do that, then start practicing trot-walk-trot-walk-trot transitions on the center line. Never halt on x unless you are practicing a test. Even then, make sure you are riding two distinct transitions, not just dribbling into halt.

Good luck!
    03-06-2010, 02:28 AM
Yep like anebel said, trotting straight down the centre line will help. Also ask him to walk for a stride or two then trot off again, a few times down the CL. He will start thinking forward down the CL rather than stop every time ;)

Does the test you are riding actually say halt must be made through walk, or it CAN/MAY be through walk? Because our prep/prelim tests in Aus (which I would say are the equivalent of US intro tests) also allow you to make your trot-halt transition through walk, but trot-halt is more desirable as long as the horse doesn't fall on the forehand (which is why they allow you to go trot-walk-halt. You have more chance to keep the horse on its hind legs when you can do a progressive transition. So if your friends horse is able to go trot-halt then by all means, let him!)

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