How to train for the extended trot?

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    09-21-2008, 12:34 AM
How to train for the extended trot?

Well, I can now keep my butt in the saddle with Gypsy's "big" worked hard and taught myself by watching people on youtube. Im very pleased with myself! So now I would like to move onto the next step. I've seen Gypsy do the exteneded trot when free lunging her. And I want to be able to get it under saddle or at least on command. So how do I start training for that? And when in saddle what are the cues for the extended trot?

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    09-21-2008, 12:52 AM
From what I understand from my trainer ( and I am sure there is someone else who can explain better) you use a stronger leg while at the same time taking a little more hold of the bit. Don't pull back but just turn your wrists in just a little bit and keep that hold. This way you are telling him to use more power while still keeping the same pace. I hope I explained that right. I know I am still working on it, but you can definitely feel the power underneath you.
    09-21-2008, 12:55 AM
I think I understand like half halts? How do I know if she's doing it or doing it right? just look at youtube vids :P
    09-21-2008, 01:02 AM
I could actually feel the trot get longer when posting because at first it felt like I was getting some major air under my butt. Lol due to the extention. I also had my trainer there so she was able to tell me that he had done it. Maybe you can have a friend watch when you are doing reg. Trotting and then try for the extention and see if the friend can see the difference in how long your horses legs get. Sorry for the bad explanation.
    09-21-2008, 01:12 AM
So far so good, I think im getting it. Yah my trainer isnt even working her own horses which I don't see how she can charge them for being in training if they are not being worked! And honestly it feels like she dosent want us "new" kids to move up. She had about 3+ girls that were there since they were really little now they are going off to college and what not. Me and kat moves in and she dosent teach us anything but the same stuff. And I've never seen the other girls do things like this. So im just going to read,watch youtube, and post hear. She's mean anyways I could go on but...
I really just want to be a horse trainer :(
    09-21-2008, 01:32 AM
I am sorry to hear that!! Is there another trainer around that you could get to come to you?
I was really lucky to find my trainer, she use to show in some really big shows and do very very well. When she came to my barn I had only had my horse for 6 months and I think she felt sorry for me because she said she would train me for free!! LOL So then she got on my boy after a few lessons to see why I was having so much trouble at the posting trot she was like.. Holy Sh,t his trot Sucks!! LOL he has a very long back and he is built down hill, ugh to much for a muscleless green rider to have to try and post such a bouncy trot. So she totally understood what I was dealing with and helped me so much that by the end of the summer I was actually doing small jumps! She had a great way of explaining things and while I was actually riding she would tell me what to fix so I could get the correct feeling of how my seat should be, my hands, my legs, my back and shoulders.
Alot of trainers will tell you what you were doing wrong after you have already ridden around doing what ever exercise they asked you to do.
But in the winter she goes to Arizona so I have to get a new trainer in the winters.
Sorry for the book. Lol
Hang in there, reading and watching real does help alot.
    09-21-2008, 02:01 AM
The only trainer is ways away and I don't have the gas and its suck a small area no other trainer will come to the barn. See my trainer is really good, she points out all the things your doing wrong. She's a good teacher. I think she doesnt want anyone better then her at the barn. All the adults are "beginers" and all the kids havent gotten any further then the walk,trot,canter,jumps. She says all thies things about how she went to this one school for its riding program, she was a 4-h leader when she was young and help tough lesson. Trained her first horse at 18...bla blah.

When I was 7yrs I had lesson for 6 mo with this one lady (which im REALLY missing now) and I able to at the trot raise my arms in the air, leg out and up soonly my butt was touching the horse. She wanted to train me for the Olympic because she saw the potential.
She used the German type methods, and yelled a lot ( I was sensitive) so I wasnt having anymore fun and stopped. I wish my mom would have found another trainer.

If only 6 mo with her and a 7 yr old was doing stuff like that, using scary tones. And I got back into riding at 18 with this trainer, its been 3 yrs now and im still at walk, trot, canter work, and a little bit jumping obviously she's not wanting us to move forward. I even went to her and told her that I really want to do the musical dressage freestyle. Am I learning any of that from herl, no. That was a 1yr 1/2 ago.

Now look whos got the novel, lol.
    09-21-2008, 03:10 AM
When I cue my mare to extend the trot, I get her to lower her head a little, lower my hands, put my legs back and squeeze. Sometimes I post bigger or tap her with the whip. I usually sit to collect then post once I ask for the extention to help her open up her stride. If I sit the extended trot, I have to make sure that my hips are open and loose to allow for the movement. The main thing is, don't lose the contact and keep the same rhythm. The rhythm/tempo doesn't change, just the stride. The horse should actually feel slightly heavier in your hands when you're in the extended trot, like they're pushing into the contact.
    09-21-2008, 03:13 AM
Great thanks! Can't wait to get started tomorrow...
    09-21-2008, 11:08 AM
Everyone gave some good suggestions.
What I did for Sonny since getting him to do an extended trot was very hard and frustrating was.....I'd set up lots of ground poles on the side of the arena....I believe I had t hem 3 large steps apart (my large steps) and trotted him over them. THey were just far apart where he would either have to do reallllllllly small steps or have to extend. But for Sonny it just wasn't enough...I actually had to raise the ground poles off the ground about 2 inches....and that made the difference.

Also, make sure she is warmed up enough when asking for an extended trot...I find a horse can do it better and easier if they are properly warmed up

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