How Do I Trot My Horse? | Dressage Mastery TV Ep245

How Do I Trot A Horse?

Hey Superstar, we are about to discuss the basics of how to ask your horse to trot (as well as the sneaky ninja way to ask for more experienced riders)!

Step one after you make sure your horse is collected in the walk, is to close your calves around the horse at the same time.

If they don’t listen to your light aids, you want to give them a wake up call with a big pony club kick! This will teach them that the light aids are what they should respond to, and not the heavier aid you give when they haven’t listened to the light one!

If you enjoyed today’s episode and it gave you huge value, I would love to invite you to a free class I’ve created for you to help you look and feel like a Grand Prix dressage rider in as little as three rides per week.

Don’t worry if you don’t have good enough horse – in secret number one, I’ll tell you why that doesn’t even matter.

I’ll tell you how to do it in only three rides per week, and I’ll also tell you the secret you need to know to make sure you’re doing in your riding to accelerate your results and get you to the next level. I can’t wait to have you in the class. It’s completely free. My gift to you, click on the button below to sign up now.

I’d love to hear from you how you go and what strategies you use to ask your horse to trot!

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Natasha Althoff

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Hi, Riding Superstars! Today’s question is “how do I get my horse to trot?”

So you are walking along, and you would like your horse to trot. What do you do? You could say “Hi. Hi there. I’d like you to trot”. Look at his face, he does not like that. He didn’t trot! Okay, so for beginners, for people that are just learning to ride, for people that are just thinking, I’m not really into dressage. I just want to get my horse to trot. You just want to close your calves so you calf is this whole flat area here and you just want to close your both calves at the same time. So three, two, one close and you can see it was a little bit delayed, but we got the trot. Good boy. So I’ll do that again. Three, two, one. Close calves. And off we go. So that’s great. On a really good horse, which he is. Thank you Wessel. I closed the calves and that’s all you have to do.

Sometimes you might be on a Friesian or some kind of lazy trail ride horse and you close your calves and he just kept doing this (walking). Any you close your calves again, and he just keeps walking… And close again.

Then you got to do a big pony club kick. Now I’m not going to show you a big pony club kick on Wessel because it wouldn’t be fair. So he’ll probably spook anyway when I show you this, but you’re walking along and you won’t be wearing spurs. And those few that go, Oh, you’re wearing spurs because the horse is lazy or doesn’t respond. You can see this horse responds perfectly. Spurs top riders used to get really accurate aids. So if I put my calf here, let me just halt for a second. If I put my calf here or put my calf here, you say how would the horse know that’s a difference, but if I put my spur or my spur there, that’s two different points and that can mean the difference between a canter aid and a leg yield aid. It just gives us more precision and accuracy in our aids to be able to tell the horse what it is that we want to do.

Okay. So yeah, pretend you don’t have spurs on and you want to do a big pony club kick. So that’s a closing of the calf. If the horse doesn’t respond, it’s kind of like when I whisper and I say, “Hey”, and you ignore me. So I say, “HEY” you’re going to go – Yeah, yeah, yeah. What’d you say? – You got to give your horse a “HEY” (with your legs) so it listens to you and goes, ooh, they asked me. They wanted me to do something. So what you might do is go and kick and you’re really going to get that, that now I’m on the side of the camera.

You really got to be able to kick them to say, hey, I want you to go and you’re going to do that with both legs. So anytime you ask for something forward, you want your horse to go forward, or to use his engine, which is his hind legs, you use both legs, the only time we use one leg is to get the horse to move or give on one side of the ribs or the other. So that’s what we do. And if they don’t respond, you might carry a crop or a whip and then you’re going to touch just behind your leg to back up the leg and say, Hey, I asked you to trot. So that’s how you asked to trot.

Now the sneaky Ninja version, if you want to become a dressage rider – and who wouldn’t want to become a dressage rider because it’s the most fun thing ever – is you barely use your calves.

So I’m in a walk seat right now. My seat bones are peddling one, two, three, four. I’m going to tell him something’s coming. I’m going to tell him something’s coming and then what I’m going to do is just open up my hips and start trotting with my seat. And you can see he trotted from that. So the whole point of a dressage horse is that they go from the lightest, lightest, lightest bit of aid, and if I can just breathe trot, if I can just open up my hips and slide into trot or float into trot. That’s going to look the nicest to the judge and give me the highest marks.

If today’s episode gave you huge value, I would love to invite you to a free class I’ve created for you to help you look and feel like a Grand Prix dressage rider in as little as three rides per week. Don’t worry if you don’t have good enough horse in secret number one, I’ll tell you why that doesn’t even matter. I’ll tell you how to do it in only three rides, and I’ll also tell you the secret you need to know to make sure you’re doing in your riding to accelerate your results and get you to the next level. I can’t wait to have you in the class. It’s completely free. My gift to you, click on the link to sign up!

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