So I've been attempting to teach Lacey how to jog since she has an absolutely killer trot. She makes pretty much anything else's trot easy to sit, it's kinda crazy. Anyway, so I've been using smrob's method of having her stop and back up as soon as her jog gets rough, as smrob's put it "trotting with her brakes on".
But I've been noticing that she doesn't track up when she's jogging (and she does when she's trotting well). Is tracking up not necessary/good for a nice jog? I mean, I could tell today when she was pushing off her rear (going uphill) because it was so much smoother than when she was on her forehand (going down said hill) but she wasn't getting her legs under her.
Needless to say I'm very proud of her because she's definitely picking up the "slow and smooth is good" idea. Today I got her to jog a circle so slowly that it was basically walking speed only jogging. It was intense. No worries though, I'm not encouraging her to go that slowly I'm looking for something that's as fast as she wants (which is generally a notch below her normal trot), just smooth.
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.