How do I train canter-walk transitions?
You can ride a little bit forward, Sue. And then when you’re ready, bring your body really back, collecting, rounder, collect and walk when you feel right… Ride forward.
And that’s where I’m always working with Sue to be quicker and feel it. And, I think a stride, two strides earlier, he went to go, you fixed it and then you got the walk. So, super, super job. That’s how it looks when you’re training.
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Natasha Althoff: All right, so when you’re ready, you can get into canter. We’ll see what we’ve got. Cool. All right. Now the first thing is, if I ask Sue to canter from a normal… Sorry, walk from this kind of canter, we would be in trouble because it’s not collected and we would be setting her up for failure. It would not be a good result.
Natasha Althoff: So, in a second you can ride a little bit forward, Sue. And then when you’re ready, bring your body really back, collecting, rounder, collect and walk when you feel right… Ride forward, yeah. Walk when you feel it’s right. Not when… No, no, no, that wasn’t right. You knew that.
Natasha Althoff: Sue’s like, “The camera’s here.” Forget the camera’s here. We just did one. Awesome. I know you’ve got this and I don’t care how long it takes. Yeah. Walking, walking, walking, walking. Good.
Natasha Althoff: So, what was the difference between that one and the trot one?
Sue: Oh, it was much straighter on the second one.
Natasha Althoff: Yes. And why did you arc for the canter-walk if you knew… Did you feel that it wasn’t straight in the first one?
Sue: About a stride out.
Natasha Althoff: Yes.
Sue: He threw it, yeah.
Natasha Althoff: He popped. Yeah. And that’s where I’m always working with Sue to be quicker and feel it. And, I think a stride, two strides earlier, he went to go, you fixed it and then you got the walk. So, super, super job. That’s how it looks when you’re training. You think you know it all, you’ve done some good ones. You’re like, “Yeah, I’ve got this.” And then it doesn’t work because you got tricked again.
Natasha Althoff: And then you do it again and you go, “I’m not going to get tricked.” And I think, almost, it’s just your mindset’s like, “Come on, I’ve got this,” and you just fight harder and you demand more.
Sue: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Natasha Althoff: Whereas, I think, your first one you went back to old Sue, which is a little bit of, out of hope it works out.
Sue: That’s it.
Natasha Althoff: It feels nearly good enough, which is totally my strategy most of the time.
Natasha Althoff: And then I’m always screaming at all of us, including me. Because it never works out that way. Awesome.
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