How Do I Change From Big Trot To Little Trot? | Dressage Mastery

How Do I Change From Big Trot To Little Trot?

Hey Superstar, we are about to discuss how to go from big trot to little trot without your horse coming above the bit and completely making a mess of it!

Most people struggle with their transitions because they stop riding during the transition! They ride before and they ride after… and they stop when the horse is in the transition!

You need to be doing tiny little adjustments all the time – you play with your legs, your fingers, everything you need to play with to keep the horse connected and through during the transition.

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Hi dressage superstars, today we’re going to answer the question, how do you go? Big trot, little trot without the horse coming above the bit and completely making a mess of it.

You might be – yay – I’m trotting, life is good! Then you go, I’m going to practice some transitions, so I’m going to go a bit bigger trot and I’m going to go a little trot. Except it might not look like that for you. It might be little trot, asked for bigger trot, ah we didn’t do it. Sorry. He was meant to put his head up in the air because that’s what you said is happening. So if the horse puts his head in the air, guess what? It’s going to be something you’re doing or you’re not doing, and normally in this case it’s something you’re not doing. So when you’re trotting around, you make tiny little adjustments with the legs, with your seat with the fingers, with everything, telling the horse, hey, I need you to remain through, I need you to remain connected. I need you to remain on the bit.

Then when you asked for bigger trot, if you don’t keep doing all those things, the horse will put his head in the air. So when I just asked for bigger trot, I plated with my legs, I played with my fingers I played with everything I needed to play with to keep him connected and through in the transitions.

Most people struggle with their transitions because they stop riding, they ride, they do the transition and then they ride again. Your job is firstly ride, ride 10 times harder or 100 times harder before you do the transition, do the transition while you are riding, and then ride harder again. So you’ve got to be riding hard all the time. And when I say hard, I don’t mean big pulling or big kicking.

I just mean tiny little adjustments all the time. You should be busy all the time. People say to me, Oh, do you get bored going around in circles? And I’m like, how can I get bored? Yeah, okay to you It looks like I’m going around in circles, but I am working my butt off. Tiny little adjustments, tiny little adjustments and I don’t even notice that I’m on a 20 m circle. I am just how can I get the horse straighter? How can I get the horse more through? How can I get more over the back? How can I get more of the hind leg? How can I get more elastic? How can I get more supple. So busy, busy, busy, busy it up this week and I’ll see you next time.

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