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Okay.. rule number 1. Never ask for a gait up without having a nice current gait. So if your walk is awful, do not trot until you have a nice engaged walk. The horse must stay connected through the transition.. again more seat so sit back and DRIVE the mare, add some leg and encourage her with your hands. Make sure that they aren't tense, they're nice and flexible and your elbows must follow the horse's movement (horse stretched forward, elbows open, horse comes back, elbows close.)
So, your trot was less than stellar. I would have circled, and then asked for the canter when the horse was coming out of that circle. Circles require bending the horse from tip to tail, around your inside leg. Having your seat would benefit you and your horse. You were very loud on her back and weren't "with" her during the entire thing.
Prepare your horse for the next gait up. If she falls apart getting there, slow her back down, add some figures to get her working, and then ask again keeping her nice and relaxed throughout the transition. She may be feeling some pain somewhere. What bit is she in (curious) ?
I don't see any seat helping her to bend around in that change of direction. I see you are tiptoeing with the contact and aren't really asking her for more. Drive her forward, help her bend and support with that outside rein. elbows tucks into your body, keep your abs soft unless she tries to pull the reins away (which I didn't see, just saw her fussing with the bit)
I had NO idea you were going to jump there.. no one was prepared!!!!!! Be careful, lol. I know you said she did that cause other were there, but don't allow her to. Not safe.. what if she does that at your show, you could fly off.
Prepare, prepare, prepare.
Tweak your position and be conscious of your body and I think you'll have a very nice pair :)
And I can relate.. that's how Sky was except his trot was more like.. lions were chasing him at all times. It will improve, just take your time and work with what he gives you. Sorry about calling him a her, he looks like a mare I know. He is gorgeous though :)
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 05-18-2012 at 09:11 PM.