Originally Posted by Griffith361
Clippity, what did you do to work with your horses?
I cross trained with dressage and used hill work regularly. One of the horses was a big boned (and heavy at the time) gelding that reminded me of a freight train - the faster you asked him to go, the faster his legs went - the more flat he got and strung out - there was hardly any real way to post to his trot because it was almost out of rhythm.
We did a lot of trot 20 feet, stop, back up a few - over and over until he lightened up a bit in the bridle (he was also very stiff necked and didn't like to turn) and once he was softer going forward, I started asking him for collection and then to continue his forward momentum (slow trotting at this point) and then added circles around cones. Then I added the hills - while going UP, I would stop him half way and then ask him to walk forward again and concentrate on getting him to use his REAR to get up the hill, not pulling with his front - about 15 minutes every day on the uphills (horsie version of the stairmaster LOL!).
That was the one thing they had in common - they pulled themselves along rather than pushed and once they got their strength built up in their hind end, suddenly we had two or three speeds of controllable trot. Time line from nothing to noticing a difference in the way they carried themselves was about 6 months (probably every other day riding)- and then you just make it a part of how you ride all of the time and then it becomes habit.
Maybe worth a try! It worked for these guys....they basically were just stiff all over inside and out. It reminds me of what it is like to suddenly start taking pilates or yoga and then one day you bend down to tie your shoe, and for the first time ever, you can actually put both palms flat on the floor.