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post #1 of 3 Old 10-17-2011, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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How to get a better trot?

Hello, so you could say today, I had a pretty nasty ride. I rode english for the 10th time so I am still learning. I saddled up and got my little crop and I soften Champ up alot because he has been so heavy on my hands since I put my snaffle back on him after being in a curb for a month in preperation for Aqha show. Before that month he was very soft in the snaffle. Anyways, I pushed him into a trot but he is so HARD in the face I feel like I am at war! I used my crop to push him forward but he kept jigging and trying to break into a canter or break into a WP jog. I got after him a bit and I fell off and broke my stirrup leather...lovely. Anyways, just curious to see if anyone has input on what I should do to push him into a nicer trot.
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-17-2011, 06:05 PM
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Lots of trot poles, work at them until you get it. Sit deep in your saddle, push him forward with your seat and encourage him to lift his knees up and come to you.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-17-2011, 07:31 PM
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He can't lean on something that isn't there. Warm him up on a loose rein so he is forced to be responsible for holding himself up. Then lots and lots of walk-trot transitions. This will engage his hind end and lighten up his front a bit.

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