Ok so I'm a little frustrated/flustered.
I guess I should start by asking what yalls opinion is on not trotting constantly, and loping for the most part instead?
The reason I'm asking is because Kix's trot is a total nightmare! I've known this for years (he's 11 and I've had him since he was 9 months) so its not a shock, but up until I decided to start training for this LD, I just dealt with it or loped instead. I know that hasn't helped the problem but it's really become an issue.
He's a Quarab, and his gait is just awful. Granted I was raised riding western but have intermittently ridden "dress up English" as I call it because I've never taken proper lessons, and have started riding him in my all purpose English saddle since it fits him so much better. I don't think my seat/balance is that bad considering. Yes I post, maybe not always the correct diagonal but posting is not kind to my knees regardless. He just beats you to death and I can't get an even paced, jog, trot, or even extended trot! I know after referring to my gps, I need a decent extended trot to hit 6-7 mph but I can't hold him there without jarring my brains out! His lope/canter is beautiful in comparison though (as is often the case with many horses) and I can rate him MUCH better at that gait.
I guess It boils down to "why NOT lope more?"
Here is how my brain is working right now.....
--"Is it too high impact compared to a trot?" I say yes as a general blanket statement, but maybe not in this case as I'm not bouncing in the saddle and adding to the impact when cantering.
-- "Does it cause skyrocketing heart rate?" I have no idea. Don't have a monitor. --"Is the loping then walking/trotting transitions too variable? I guess by that I mean; is the roller coaster of higher speed loping, to walking, to loping again, too inconsistent for that distance?
I apologize if this is confusing, it's way past my bedtime.