I think in terms of actual benefit for you and your mare I would work on establishing a true-pure rhythm in all 3 gaits. ALWAYS think of that forward 1-2,3-4 of the walk, she needs to be much more forward than you have her in the video. It should be a marching walk, all good quality work begins with the quality of the gaits. Even in collected work you do not lose the energy, it's more like coiling of a spring but they must first be in front of your leg (which honestly almost EVERY upper level rider I see at local US shows lacks true collection because their horses shut down in the collected work). When you ask for the forward it should never be grind in your hips, DO NOT sit heavier otherwise it's like points digging into her spine, instead sit in a way that moves her rib cage between your legs (feel her rib cage sway between your right and left leg, when you feel her right rib cage push into your leg push lightly with your right leg, same with the left) like youre swaying her rib cage between your legs but not in a strong way. When you apply an aid you're not going to push the horse over, always think light aids. Think of your aids like your talking to her in a room full of people, she should be able to hear you whisper and sometimes hey don't understand so you have to be stronger or talk louder to make the message clear but then return to the whisper. Think of it as here this is what I want, okay you reacted properly good girl! Whenever you're showing a horse something you're developing their reactions, evaluate their reaction to the aid rather than whether or not the task was completed. Training is a gradual build up of reactions. Even on a dull horse once I've taught them my expectation I barely touch them with my leg or with my ottb I just think it and he's eager to do whatever I ask. Leg yields are a thought.
With rhythm same with trot 1-2 and canter 1-2-3. I ALWAYS have a rhythm set in my head and I count on every horse because it is so easy to break out of rhythm. But everything build from having true gaits and pure rhythm.
As for actual benefit I think turns on the forehand are generally more beneficial than turns on the haunches for training. Both are good so you can have body control of the shoulders and the haunches but turn on the haunches is often one of the first things we teach young horses because it teaches them how to connect the inside hind to the outside rein. It's also the base exercise that eventually develops into a leg yield. Which honestly a lot of laterals I begin by teaching them from the ground. Shoulder in, leg yield, turn on the haunches and turn on the forehand. I also moderate it so say turn on the forehand but I want them to step over laterally with their front leg too so they're stepping their body over. Body control and understanding.
Also in terms of training walk pirouettes it's really not that magical in which a horse needs to be a certain age or super strong, nor is it far down a horse's training. It just needs the development of good basics and fair communication. It's not usually from a strength issue but undeveloped basics and unclear communication. Forward clear walk rhythm, developed collected walk and shoulder in, haunches in, bending through the rib cage, leg yield, etc which honestly most horses can learn pretty quickly. They just wont be confirmed in it or strong enough to maintain immediately. The walk pirouette is pretty basic but do not be discouraged if you're struggling, to be honest horses usually learn much faster than people do. And it is hard to learn the timing and feel if you have no one to help you or having something to ride that has the feel to offer.
Last edited by DanteDressageNerd; 02-01-2018 at 10:55 AM.