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post #11 of 14 Old 04-18-2013, 08:16 AM
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Interesting you say through walk. I am not by any means arguing that it should be through walk. I have been taught to do it through walk and do it through trot.

The reason I said through trot at this point is it sounds like she actually has the changes, but still only gets them with a pole. I was taught when you get to that point where you want to take away the pole to think of dropping to a stride of trot then back to canter and once you have that you can just get the big half halt to signal for the change.

But I do see where you are coming from in taking it back to the walk. Which actually does make sense.

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post #12 of 14 Old 04-18-2013, 08:55 AM
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I do hunters, as well as eventing, and I don't teach changes over a pole or through the trot.

I school lots of counter canter and I also school cantering down the diagonal or center line and doing a transition down to walk. This way when I canter down the center line or diagonal, my horse will think "whats next".

I have been doing an exercise a lot lately where I canter down the center line and make sure my horse is very straight. Then BEFORE the end, not during the turn!, I ask for the change. Not only do you have to think about keeping the horse straight, you have to think about keeping you straight. If my horse is not straight I do a walk transition and back up to canter immediately.

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So many ways to skin a cat.....

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I actually think I am going to try some simple changes through walk & trot for right now. While he's been pretty consistently getting them over poles, I feel like he's been a little strung out and flat about them, which isn't really going to help us at all when the poles gone! So I think it's time to go back to some basics and get a nice, calm reaction and get him listening a bit more to me for now, instead of going "OHMIGOD! POLE! EXCITING! WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!" We've also been working on some counter canter and it's highlighted the fact that he's much weaker on his left lead which makes sense knowing him, so I'll put some work into that too. We don't have any huge showing plans for the future, so no rush. ;) He gets perfect changes as easy and clean as can be when I free lunge him...now if only it could be that simple under saddle!!!
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