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post #1 of 5 Old 11-27-2011, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Explain collect and extend

In another thread (about trotting and barrel training) a responder posted that you need to "teach your horse to collect and extend in the trot." (I am paraphrasing, I forgot to copy the wording verbatim.)

What does this mean? I have heard others say "collect and extend" regarding gait and movement.

And, if I can get a twofer here, can someone also help me understand how maintain the slow trot? Sam has a fast walk to begin with. I can encourage him into a slow trot easily but he doesn't seem to maintain it for very long. He usually speeds up to the medium bonejarring trot or back down to a fast walk.

He is young, and best described as slightly better than green broke. He knows his circles and back (in saddle and out) and has really good ground manners, meaning will step away and reposition with little more than a hand signal and cluck. He has been gait trained, and although I haven't taken him past the medium trot, he has been trained to move at lopes and cantors. He also free lunges well and will stop and turn to me when commanded with a whoa.

Thanks for your explanations. I appreciate it.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-27-2011, 06:17 PM
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In another thread (about trotting and barrel training) a responder posted that you need to "teach your horse to collect and extend in the trot." (I am paraphrasing, I forgot to copy the wording verbatim.)

What does this mean? I have heard others say "collect and extend" regarding gait and movement.
One question=two answers (English and Western).

I feel you want the Western version so I can't help you.
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I do want the western version.
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I can't help you with collection and extention but I will give you some tips to slow down the trot. I have two mares that are quite the fast walkers and trotters, so I get where you are coming from. What my trainer does is always have them doing something. Do not just ride the walls and fiddle with his speed, try to trotting over poles and weaving around barrels untill he slows down. If he slows down then take him back on the wall and praise, if he speeds up, go right back to the weaving and miscelleaneous obstacles.

If it doesn't work I'm stuck from there, too. Good luck. ^-^
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I can't help you with collection and extention but I will give you some tips to slow down the trot. I have two mares that are quite the fast walkers and trotters, so I get where you are coming from. What my trainer does is always have them doing something. Do not just ride the walls and fiddle with his speed, try to trotting over poles and weaving around barrels untill he slows down. If he slows down then take him back on the wall and praise, if he speeds up, go right back to the weaving and miscelleaneous obstacles.

If it doesn't work I'm stuck from there, too. Good luck. ^-^
Thank you. I will have to try this.
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