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post #1 of 6 Old 06-12-2013, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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help with transitions

I have been riding a 6yr old ottb for a few months and she has improved in leaps and bounds.
One thing I'm having trouble with is her trot to canter transitions as soon as you give her the aids to canter she almost bursts into it, she has a huge stride and this with the leap into the canter puts me off balance for the first couple of strides. I know quick spot on transitions are a must but its almost to quick and she leaps into it. My first thoughts are she might just be unbalanced and it will get better with work. Her canter was really unbalanced to begin with, but has improved allot. I've been doing lots of transitions with her the past couple of rides but is there anything else that might help?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-12-2013, 09:41 PM
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Ask someone to video you riding. You may be tipping forward and encouraging her to rush into the transition without meaning to - especially if you are expecting her to rush.

Other than that, I would slow down your asking. Use your leg to get her body set-up but don't let her canter off until you kiss or whatever you do. If she rushes into it, bring her back and try again.
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Do lots and lots of upward and downward transitions. Make sure you don't catch her in the mouth, or that you don't brace in anticipation of the surge.

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Thanks guys. Last few rides I've been really conscious that I don't tip forward when I ask as I was thinking that might have been the case and it hasn't made a difference and I ride her with just enough contact to keep her collected as she doesn't like allot of contact, but I'm riding her again tomorrow so ill see if I'm catching her in the mouth and ill just do lots and lots of transitions and really work on it.
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Hi Annie1234,

You've gotten some great advice so far - I would do lots of transitions as well, that is key. Also, do you use more leg or seat to send her into the canter? I have had some horses that get really quick when you close your leg. Try doing transitions even within the trot - asking for a fast trot, then slowing it down again. Get her used to your leg being on or even just use more seat or a more subtle cue as you ask.

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I have been riding a 6yr old ottb for a few months and she has improved in leaps and bounds.
One thing I'm having trouble with is her trot to canter transitions as soon as you give her the aids to canter she almost bursts into it, she has a huge stride and this with the leap into the canter puts me off balance for the first couple of strides. I know quick spot on transitions are a must but its almost to quick and she leaps into it. My first thoughts are she might just be unbalanced and it will get better with work. Her canter was really unbalanced to begin with, but has improved allot. I've been doing lots of transitions with her the past couple of rides but is there anything else that might help?
Yup - sounds like a balance issue. I would ask for the transition in a corner - BUT use your inside leg at the corner to get her stepping well underneath herself in the corner before asking for the canter. That will help her balance issue. Also perhaps using a bucking strap to help your balance until she improves her own will help both of you.

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