What is the difference between medium, collected and extended walk? | Dressage Mastery TV Ep 309

What is the difference between medium, collected and extended walk?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “What is the difference between medium, collected and extended walk?”

The medium walk has to be active, with his head on the vertical, his poll the highest point, round, soft and the same rhythm every single stride. So extended walk, poll below the wither. You want to think of the walk that the horse wants to do when he’s going back to the stables for dinner time.

the difference between medium and collected walk is when they can collect, and when they go I think into medium or third level or above, they start doing collected walk. And collected walk is just a higher step.

 

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Hey, Dressage superstars. Welcome to Dressage Mastery TV. Today I’m going to answer the question, what is the difference between medium, collected and extended walk? Okay, so because I’m talking to you, this is what Tash calls the nothing walk. So I wouldn’t call this medium or collected or extended, it’s just a really bad walk. Why? Because I’m talking to you not riding a horse. Which lots of people tend to give me not nice comments, thinking that I should be able to do both excellently well, which I can’t. When I’m talking I don’t ride so well and when I ride I can’t talk so well. Okay, now that I’m going to try and pay attention, what do I want for the medium walk? The medium walk has to be active, with his head on the vertical, his poll the highest point, round, soft and the same rhythm every single stride. So there we lost rhythm, did you see the walk? He put his head up and he went, “Oh, what’s that? I’m a stallion, I want to go see.”

Now he’s losing his rhythm because he wants to do a poo, which he would always do in the test. So I would just be like, “You got to keep walking, you got to keep walking. Even though we’re in a test and you’re pooing.” Okay so that would be my medium walk. Then I go down to an extended walk. Whoo, We nearly lost him. So extended walk, his poll has to drop below the wither, which he’s not doing so well at the moment. Now I’m not cheating, which I wish I could. If I film this at the end of my session, my extended walk, my extended walk becomes really easy. Because the minute I dropped my reins, the horse goes, “Beautiful, give me a nice stretch.” And he wants to stretch and put his poll below the wither.

We’ll get back to the training in a second. I just wanted to remind you, if you’re loving this video, make sure to subscribe and leave me a comment on how this video has helped and your biggest learning so far. I’ve just got on his back to start filming, so he didn’t really take my hand as much as possible. That’s what I would do in the warm up, I would get him connected to my hand so when I give the hand he takes the hand, But we will keep going. So extended walk, poll below the wither. You want to think of the walk that the horse wants to do when he’s going back to the stables for dinner time. So you want a big marching walk, and he’s not paying attention, he wants to look out the window and see what’s happening over there. But that’s a pretty good marching walk. You want as much over track as possible, which is the hind leg stepping over the front leg.

Now I’m going to pick him up. This again, it’s not wonderful. We want to pick him up, keep the same rhythm and get him back to medium walk. Now the difference between medium and collected walk is when they can collect, and when they go I think into medium or third level or above, they start doing collected walk. And collected walk is just a higher step, so I want you to take higher more collected steps. Because obviously out of a collected walk, I might cantor or I might piaffe, or I might trot or whatever it is, but I want the hind legs. I want him sitting on the hind legs, I want him waiting for me. So this is collected walk, this is medium walk, just a little bit freer, a little bit bigger. The hind leg doesn’t have to come as under, it can just go more into a march.

And then that’s extended walk with the poll below the wither, as much over track as I can get and as much march as I can get. And there are the differences, please don’t think that I would get a 10 for any of these. I’m not on a 10 horse and like I said, I haven’t done the preparatory work. Remember anything in the test, if you want to do a great test, you need to warm up really well. I always say the success of my test is determined by the success of my warmup. And because I haven’t had a warm up, I’ve literally just gone cold into this video. The work isn’t as good as if I recorded this video at the end of the session, but at least that gives you an understanding of the differences. So let me go again into medium and then let me go into collected walk. work.

Yeah. Yeah, good boy. And you can tell he’s like, “What’s happening?” in a collected walk. He knows so far it was about to go and then into the piaffe, he’s there. But if I asked him for piaffe out of this kind of walk, he wouldn’t be there because I need to package that energy. So just that helps. So remember, if you guys need any help with steps, procedures, strategies, recipes, how do you do A, how do you do B, how do you do C? I’ve got a free training class that tells you all about creating a dressage system that works for you. Go check it out on the link below.

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