Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
I like to be able to do a haunches in before asking for the lope. This makes it easier to pick up the correct lead as it lightens the inside shoulder by elevating it. It also frees up the outside hind (driving leg) to sptep into the lope from the hind end first. It's nice to be able to yield the haunches either way as well as be able to bend the ribs around your leg. Essentially to be able to move all of the parts of the horse independant of eachother. All of these things will eventually give you great halt-to-lope among other things. I love working on suppling and lateral work to achieve smooth transitions and flying changs!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork