How do I slow down a fast trot? (Dressage Mastery TV Ep276)

How do I slow down a fast trot?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do I slow down a fast trot?”

Occasionally you can be on a really hot horse, especially horses such as ex-racehorses, and you are way too forward.

You are galloping around the arena, and it’s all too fast, and it’s all too out of control, and it’s all too crazy. So if that’s you, this is your video because you need to know how to slow down a fast trot.

 

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Hey riding superstars! Today, I’m going to answer the question, how do you slow down a fast trot?

Okay, so last week I did a video on how to get way better marks in your dressage test was just going more forward, ride more forward, ride more forward, ride more forward. And that’s because every horse I ride should be a little bit more forward. It works well for them.

But occasionally you can be on a really hot, especially a kind of ex-race horse kind of horse, and you are way too forward. You are galloping around the arena, and it’s all too fast, and it’s all too out of control, and it’s all too crazy. So if that’s you, this is your video because you need to know how to slow down a fast trot.

So Westie will not give me a fast trot because that’s just not in his nature. But pretend you’re trotting around like this, and you’re like, “Oh God, it’s a bit out of control and I don’t know what to do.”

First thing is what are you rising at? So all I’ve done…Good boy! So all I did there was think about, “What am I rising? Oh, I’m going to tighten my stomach, and I’m going to slow down my rise.” And what did straightaway he do? Now, yes, he’s very trained, and yes, he doesn’t like going too fast and forward. So he’s going to be looking for that.

But here’s fast, and here’s me going, “Okay, I am just going to slow my rise. And now I’m going to speed up my rise, and out we go. Slow on my rice. Speed up my rise. Slow down my rice.” But what most people do is they’re on a quick horse. They’re going, “Oh God, I wish you would stop. Oh God, I wish it would stop. Oh God, I wish it would stop.”

But they’re rising this quick. They’re rising in the horse. So tighten your stomach, tighten your stomach, tighten, your stomach, tighten your stomach every time you come up and out of the saddle. Say, “Whoa!” with your body, and the horse will start to come down.

Think about if you had a backpack that was constantly throwing yourself off balance and kind of almost throwing you backwards. Every time you tried to run off, you would start to slow down. So you can partner that with your reign aid, which is a tightening on the contact, softening, tightening on the contact, softening, which tells the horse, “Wait for me.”

Now I’m going to let a bit. Don’t ever hold the horse. If you’re on a fast, tense horse, and you go, “I want him to slow down,” you just pull back, the horse will go, “Woo!” and lean on it and go faster.

So it has to be, “Slow down, wait for me. Slow down, wait for me. Slow down, wait for me.” And every time you say, “Slow down, wait for me,” what does the horse do? Gallop off again? Goes fast. Slow down, wait to me. Slow down, wait for me. Slow down, wait for me. Slow down, wait for me. Slow down, wait for me. Slow down, slow down, slow down, slow down!

But do you see how there’s always a give? And then if you keep training like that as well as with your body and your rise, it’ll be, “Slow down, wait for me. Slow down, wait for me. Slow down, wait for me.” And it will be slower and slower and slower and slower. Sorry, less and less and less that you would have to do that. So enjoy training.

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