Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
I guess it kind of depends just how fast he is trotting. Ideally you really want him to be trotting at a nice, steady speed which is neither of the speeds you are mentioning lol a nice slow trot can be ok as long as it isnt a lazy trot and he is working through the trot. However, if he is doing on of those crazy flat out trots above the bit then you don't want this either. Your instructor is right about keeping the even rhythm and I would assume she means even rhythm at a trot where your horse isnt being lazy nor hot headed and running away with you.
In my long winded way im trying to say that you need to find a nice mid way between slow and lazy and fast and rushed. Its likely at either of these paces he isnt really going to be listening to you. You want him going forward with impulsion and suppleness. Ah, im going to stop now or ill keep saying the same stuff just in different ways lol its been a long day :)
Good luck. I hope I've managed to help in my round about way lol
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"