I realize some horses will just naturally have that flat-kneed ground-covering trot that denotes a top Hunter under saddle. My horse definitely doesn't have a LOT of knee action, but apparently I've been told she has more than they want to see in Hunters and that is why she rarely places in Under Saddle classes.
My question is...I know most of it kind of needs to be bred into the horse and it has to be their natural way of going, BUT is there anything I can do with training/exercises to encourage a more ground-covering sweeping type trot with less knee action?
Someone suggested aluminum shoes to me, but I've heard both ways - some swear by them and some say they don't make a bit of difference! My mare just got front shoes (steel) for the first time in her life (been barefoot for 11 yrs!) I don't have any "after" videos, but I do have some from just before I got them put on her. Don't really want to try aluminum unless I'm pretty sure it'll make a big difference.
Anyway, here's how she moves under saddle...(she's the buckskin):
This one was pretty darn dusty, so kinda hard to see most of it...(the barn's water truck was broken that day!)