Pacing in the transitions
Does anyone have suggestions and/or experience with how to encourage a horse NOT to throw in a few lateral pace steps in transitions? I do low level eventing and my dressage scores are suffering because of this tendency. My eight year old 14.3 quarter pony cross is athletic, is a brave, careful, round jumper and gets high scores for his "lovely trot". However, the two transitions: walk-to-trot and canter-to-trot are difficult to achieve smoothly because he often will include a few "baubly" pacing steps before settling in. One judge recently gave the suggestion to fix the pace by "leg yielding in and out of transitions so that he doesn't lock his back". I work with a dressage trainer and she agrees with the judge. I have little knowledge of his bloodlines so he may have some "gaited" blood (probably spotted saddle horse). Thanks for your help!