People often ask me to explain the difference between "running" and "lengthenings". In fact, in this article I'm also going to describe the difference between running, lengthenings, medium gaits, and extended gaits.
1. Running- When you ask your horse to lengthen his strides and frame, and you hear his tempo (the rate of the repetition of the rhythm) get QUICKER, he's not lengthening. He's just running.
2. Lengthenings- In a good lengthening, your…
Many people are confused about the aid for the canter. What follows are some common questions about the canter and my answers.
Q: I know to ask for the canter it is outside leg behind the girth and inside leg at the girth, however during the canter is your outside leg supposed to stay back or do both legs then become neutral at the girth once the canter is achieved?"
A: Swing your outside leg back ONCE, and then…
Today, let's focus on the Free Walk.
1. What is the free walk? The free walk is a gait of relaxation.
2. What should it look like?
* Your horse should lengthen his frame and lower his head and neck so he looks like he's going to graze. His poll is lower than his withers.
* He should open the angle at his throatlatch so his nose points a bit forward, and he looks like he's stretching toward the bit.
* His strides become longer so…
Can you feel when your horse's hind legs are on the ground? This is an important skill to develop because you want to time your leg aids so that you give them when your horse's hind leg is on the ground...specifically just as it's getting ready to push off. That's the only time you can influence a hind leg.
I feel where the hind feet are by feeling my horse's hips. When a particular hind foot is on the ground, my horse's hip is higher. It feels like my…