Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: South West England
Trotting poles are a good one, also cavelletti. Improving the trot is a slow process, achieved by improving the allround fitness and suppleness of the horse. Lunging will help, about three times a week, 7 minutes on each rein with a pessoa/bungie/elasticated side reins (make sure these are not too tight, you want to ask the horse to come round, not tell him!) and a roller. Keep him going forwards, make sure he steps under. Work in walk, trot and canter. I prefer not to lunge in a saddle, and use a roller instead, as this way you can see if they are lifting through the shoulders, and also it means that if the saddle's not a proper fit it doesn't hinder their muscle development. Another thing you should really do is hillwork, walking downhill and doing a nice, controlled trot uphill. I do 20 mins roadwork and hill work every morning with mine, and his trot has come on a lot!