Smoothing out the trot?

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    09-19-2011, 11:31 AM
Smoothing out the trot?

When my horse trots he seems to not be very coordinated. Every step seems like a different speed and some bouncy some smooth. He's not like this always but when he is it is not very comfortable or graceful to ride...could this just be me riding incorrectly or is there a way to help him even out a bit? Any advise is welcome :)
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    09-19-2011, 12:26 PM
He's just sounds green. I'd guess he doesn't rate well too? (he speeds up and slows down too much)When he gets some hours on him it'll get better. One thing you can do to help the bounciness is get his head down. And I don't mean with a tie-down. Use your reins to get him to drop his head lower at a trot and it will soften his back alot.
    09-19-2011, 04:23 PM
The best way to describe it is his speed and strides are just uneven I guess. I haven't had him long and although he's about ten I have no idea how much he's been ridden. I will work on that :) thanks for the response
    09-19-2011, 08:24 PM
Pulling his head down will not soften his back. It works the other way. Get the hind legs, the back will soften and the head neck and poll will release.

A horse that does not have natural rhythm needs to learn this from it's rider. So YOU need to keep the rhythm with your body rather than just going with him. Sing jingle bells to yourself as you trot, keep you body at that tempo and rhythm, and he will learn to follow your lead.

Riding is like dancing with a partner. You need to move in harmony, but one of the partners takes the lead to help direct the other. You need to take the lead and guide your horse, without being forceful.
You don't need to use your reins, if you try to fiddle with your reins on this horse you're going to make the problem worse. Just ride forward, and keep your seat going in a set rhythm. If you let the horse dawdle, dragging its feet through the sand, you're not going to find his tempo and will therefore never find true rhythm.
    09-19-2011, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the advise :) I will try this tomorrow. So long as it doesn't rain...again...

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