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post #1 of 4 Old 10-17-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Getting the perfect transitions.

Hey,
I thought there should be a thread for this because the feeling when you get the perfect transition is amazing isn't it?
So when I ride with 2 or more people, my horse acts perfectly fine, his transitions are lovely (walk to trot, trot to halt, walk to canter, trot to canter) but when we have the whole arena to ourselves, I struggle to get those immediate reactions. Any help? Ask for details if needed x
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-20-2012, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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No one? See I've been doing a lot of canter to walk and back to canter, he just usually improve by the end but I would like to know if there's something my posture/leg can do?
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-20-2012, 09:08 PM
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We can't tell you how to correct you because we can't see you. Can't say if it is you or the horse. Maybe the horse is barn or buddy sour and acts up away from them. Maybe it is you, your tension being out by yourself and the horse is reading into that. It is hard to say.

Either way, no pictures, no position critiques. :)

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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post #4 of 4 Old 10-20-2012, 09:28 PM
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If your horse is not reacting to you immediatly upon you cueing him for a transition, he is either behind your leg or just plain not paying attention to you. When you are riding alone, make sure you are listening to your horse. At any given time, you should be able to change gait in one stride. Assuming your cues are correct, get your horse's attention by really mixing it up. Do a bunch of transitions between gaits, within the gait, throw in circles, serpentines, halt, etc. Every 8 strides, do something different. Above all, make sure you are asking for the transitions with your body, not your hands. Keep your hands in front of the pommel and make sure they stay there. Quiet hands, active riding body. Hope that helps.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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