How to Do An Amazing Downwards Transition From Canter to Trot?
There are 2 steps to do canter to downwards to trot transition.
So you really need to have: one, clarity of where you want to go. Then two, you know exactly what that trot looks like, what pace it’s doing, how fast it’s going, and your body needs to be ready to pedal with the seat bones and catch
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Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is “how to do an amazing downwards transition from canter to trot, looking amazing and feeling good?”
Okay, so you’re in canter and you want to do a really good trot transition without kind of landing on the back, thumping on the back or it being a big disaster.
So here’s a bad trot transition. And that was because I didn’t prepare it, I didn’t do anything, and it was ugly and awful. What you want to think about is floating into a trot transition.
So from canter, pretend you’re in a parachute and you want to float down into a trot transition, like that, and you can see, I could catch his trot with my seat. And he didn’t just thump down on the forehand. I told him where I wanted him to be. I knew what trot I wanted when I landed there. And then obviously that’s what happened.
So you really need to have: one, clarity of where you want to go. Not just canter to trot, and I hope it’s good. Canter – imagine a big parachute on the top of your head, floating you and the horse down into trot.
Then two, you know exactly what that trot looks like, what pace it’s doing, how fast it’s going, and your body needs to be ready to pedal with your seat bones and catch – because there is a momentum, yeah. There is a “bluhh” that comes down you need to ride like, not that I surf, but as I imagine, like surfing a wave, riding a crest of a wave with that energy and that momentum, and then, boom! Boom! Boom! And kind of take that, that momentum into the trot, so bounce it and go… People think canter-trot and they close all the energy and that’s when they bounce and that’s when it’s not so nice. So ride that energy, it’s canter, canter, canter! Trot, trot, trot, trot, trot! And take that energy and take that momentum into the forward trot and that way you’ll be able to catch it and it will look nice. Enjoy!