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post #1 of 7 Old 02-14-2007, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Extended Trot

Does anyone have exercises or tricks for a better extended trot? My mare is quite forward and put together, and I'm working on extension. We get it about 25% of the time, other than that its just lengthening. Lots of times she loses balance and kind of falls into canter. What am I doing wrong?
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-15-2007, 02:43 AM
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I'm working on the same thing with my horse Tony. He's lazy and dislikes moving out. But he knows how. And is getting it a lot better. What I do is:

Don't do rail work, it gets boring! And when their bored they don't care, and they don't listen to you. So set up some cones and logs like do a strip of cones and then in the center put the log, jog towards the log in a serpentine [zig zag out of the cones] and once you get over the log squeeze and cluck then tap, tap tap, if your horse doesn't pick up the extended jog tap then get after him/her with your crop or spurs [ I know this sounds mean, but it works and you don't have to like hit them hard. >.<]. When you get done over the log and get the extended jog serpentine threw the cones on the other side of the log, then lope/canter back and do it again, do that a few times then do a different pattern.

I doubt your doing anything wrong your horse is probably a bit lazy.. and is thinking. " You want me to do this why.. umm I don't think i'm going to."
=D My horse is like that too.
Good luck.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-15-2007, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Ah see but she is very very forward, and moves quite animated. Lately I've been focusing on thinking I'm almost leaning back, holding the contact, and pushing at the girth. I've been successful in getting a few more steps of it every ride, so I think repetition is the key.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-15-2007, 01:40 PM
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When you get the few strides of her, try something else. And then go out it again? That's what I would do. Also when you ask for it do you post off the bat? Or sit it? If you sit it then keep doing that. I was reading a magazine a while back and it said that when asking for the extended trot, sit back, squeeze and don't post, sit a few strides and if they don't get it, stop and try again. =]
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-04-2007, 09:15 PM
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I too ride a forward, and well put together younger warmblood & I taught him to use his true extended trot last summer. First I just started on getting a meduim trot out of him, and when we had that down pat within 3 strides of when I asked for it, then I began to train him the Extention the same way that I taught him his meduim-using short Diagonals.
Before doing the short diagonal work, just practice pushing and pushing past your lengthen into the true extension on the long sides of the arena or even on a flat straight stretched trail[if the footing is appropraite], and be sure to when you get even an eighteenth of what you're aiming towards, congradulate the horse. As soon as your horse starts to understand the difference and you learn the feel for the difference between the lengthen & the extension, you can move on to the diagonals.
So.. back to the short diagonals, instead of going KXM, HXF or the other way around, Go KLB, BIH or the other way around. This way you're not throwing too much at them at once & it will come in handy later on when you're doing the full diagonals because the short diagonals are obviously shorter, they need to haul their butt & get into the movement properly within a few strides of comming off the wall. Once you've got the full extension on the short diagonals by the time you're about 2 strides off the wall[and make sure you're horse is straight through their whole body, and your shoulders are square with theirs so you don't restrict the movement], you're ready to move onto the full diagonals if you wish.

Also, another great exercise for training the extension as well as the meduim or lengthen, is 2-3 loop serpentines.
Begin by doing a 2 loop serpintinee[turn left at 'B', and right at 'E'], but as soon as you come off of the wall heading towards E and you and your mount are straight, push push push for that movement you're looking for, but besure to come back down to working trot before you come to E. Do the same for 3 loop serpentines, aswell.
When you've got this downpat you can make it more advanced by doing it with Shallow serpentines [using the quarterline to the opposite wall instead of wall to wall]. All of this teaches the horse to reply to your leg when you put it on and it's a building block for later, more advanced movements. Also, to advance it more you could, instead of doing working trot on the corners of the serpentine, do collected trot.

These are the methods I use to train horses & it works wonderfully for me, but try different ways and find out what works best for you and your horse!
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Before lengthening, have you conquered a medium trot?
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-05-2007, 09:09 PM
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yeah i'm not sure I made that clear enough, I strongly suggest you conquer the Meduim trot[basically a lengthen trot.. and not quite yet an Extended trot]
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