Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
If you get a quick result, let me know. I've spent the past seven months working on my boy's fast/rushed/unbalanced/jarring my teeth out of their sockets trot. We have finally, in the past month accomplished a slower/sittable trot that I hope to work to a jog in the next few months. For my boy, he was undermuscled, didn't know how to bend and be flexible, how to focus on the rider, or how to use his back, so when I asked him to trot, he would rush off, back hollowed out and not really paying proper attention, none of which did either of us any favors.
Getting him stronger, more balanced, and much, much more supple with bending exercises (circles, serpentines, etc) and teaching him to focus on my seat and my cues to get his release has gotten us to where we are now. I'm sure it would have gone faster were I a better rider, but we're getting there anyway.
Oddly enough, working his lope/canter helped his trot a lot because (as I was told, anyway) going from a rushed trot to a canter is very difficult for a horse, where as it's easier for them to go from a proper, balanced trot to a canter. Sort of on his own, he figured out that I was going to ask for those transitions (up and down) all the time, and it was easier if he kept himself balanced for them than flailing about the arena.