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post #11 of 13 Old 12-10-2012, 12:18 PM
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I don't think you have a chair seat or that your saddle doesn't fit you. I personally love short stirrups, but I think for you, when you work on extended trots (sitting and posting) you might be more effective with your stirrups a little longer because it will lengthen your leg.
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post #12 of 13 Old 12-10-2012, 12:23 PM
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Just to clarify, are you asking for an extended trot, which is developed from collected trot, and required in dressage tests above a certain level or a lengthened trot, which is just asking the horse for a longer step while maintaining the same tempo and rhythm and is common for hunters and English pleasure?

Because the requirements of the two are very different, and it will affect the critique. A lot of people use extended/lengthened interchangeably, which adds to the confusion. I prefer to save "extended" for the dressage meaning, to avoid confusion.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-10-2012, 12:51 PM
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Timed out before I could edit further, sorry for the double post.

There is such a thing as a dressage lengthening as well, and the emphasis there will be on the horse moving through its back and showing a true lengtening of stride both front and back. The expactation will also be that the horse is on the aids, coming forward into the contact.

If we're talking Hunter or Hunter Under Saddle, either USEF or breed show (I'm kinda assuming you're showing breed shows with your cute cute cute paint) then the expectation is different. A true lengthening that's equal back and front with no tension or speeding up/quickening of tempo and no resistance is the emphasis, very little emphasis on moving through the back or moving forward into contact.

(Can't see your video at work, will try to look later.)
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