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post #1 of 6 Old 08-01-2011, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-01-2011, 12:54 PM
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Did you try the judge's/your trainer's suggestion of using leg yielding?
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-01-2011, 02:15 PM
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I was just about to suggest the minor leg yielding along with the thought of doing shoulder-fore during the transition. My dressage trainer's horse has a pace-y walk and this is what she does to fix it.

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I'd just started with this trainer and yes, we 've begun work on it. It will take some time because he's my first horse and I have alot to learn as I started riding about 4 years ago. I'm hopeful that as I become more balanced and clear with my aids that he will get thru this habit of throwing in the pace step for those transitions. Have you had experience with this problem as well? Thanks for your reply.
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Try improving you own balance before looking at his. When i come to a problem in training, i step back and examine myself before the horse.
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Yes, it's a long-term project to improve my own balance and I always strive to be a better rider to make my horse's job easier. That's why I try to take lessons at least every other week. I was looking for more specific advice regarding actual aids to help my horse understand what I want (and don't want) him to do in terms of the pacing during the transitions. I think the leg-yielding mentioned in one of the other replies will be helpful. Thanks for your input!
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