How hard can it be to trot?
A lot harder than you think. There is working trot, which is, well, sort of ordinary, right?
Collected trot, which I thought I knew. Slower, right? Uh, no. It’s much, much, MUCH MORE SPRINGY! Like the picture above. Like a coiled spring with tons of power and the ability to do anything from this place. Sideways? Sure! Canter? Sure! Halt? Nice and square. The horse is balanced and connected to you, your seat, your hand, and its quarters.
Ah, if only we could maintain this for more than a few seconds.
Star and I are still figuring this out. We get a few strides and then lose it, get it back, lose it…It’s a strength and balance issue for both of us. But WOW does she look and feel amazing when it’s happening!
It’s hard work for both of us. Lot’s of walk breaks and praise are required.