Footfalls & Extension (or lack of)
So, I'm always on a mission to get my horse (TB x Paint) to really use his rear end. We ride huntseat & dressage. His previous owner rode Western and had back issues, so an easy-to-sit, short-strided, pokey-trot was ingrained into my horse's mind and body. I am young and healthy and love to post a big trot!!
On the lunge, if I simply ask for a trot, he goes pokey-trot, short strided. When I ask for a little more, he will round out a bit, and his hind foot will fall just behind his front foot's print. If I really get energetic and swoosh my lunge whip low near his hind end, he will super-extend in the front (does that little hoof-flick and everything) yet his back feet still only land in or just barely in front of his front prints.
At the walk, his back feet land square on his front prints. At the extended walk, his backs land about 1.5 hoof lenghts in front of the prints. Why does this not not happen at the trot?
Should his rears extend past his front prints at the trot? If yes, how can I get him to do this?
In the pasture when he's playing around he will trot around very fluidly and extend in front and back.
I just love that feeling undersaddle when he lifts his back, flexes at the poll, and really gets moving under himself...as opposed to stiff-necked pokey-trot! Help me get that all the time!!
Monte - 15 year old Paint/TB
Auric - 13 year old Arab