I’ve been using my scale a lot recently; with both kids and adults with good effects.
One young client let’s her pony dribble around in a lazy, three trot, but with this scale she became much more positive with her aids and quickly got the hang of the five trot.
For others, it’s useful for teaching medium and collected gaits without the rider over-egging it and pushing the horse out of balance.
I’ve been playing around with transitions within the gaits recently, to improve my riders’ feel, to increase the subtlety of their aids, to improve the balance of their horse and the quality of the gait, and to focus the horse on its rider.
It’s quite a useful warm up exercise so once you’ve loosened up horse and rider, settled their brains and they’ve settled into a trot rhythm, you can begin. It’s equally useful in the canter work too.
The trot a horse and rider are currently in is gauged as a 5. It’s important that the horse’s natural, or most comfortable stride length is in the middle of the scale. Which means that you can’t really compare the 5 trot of one horse, with the 5 trot of another. Especially if they are at different levels of training, as they have different levels of strength and balance. This also…
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