|Yay for good rides!!|
Well, it worked. She was super engaged in the jog and we spent a lot of time doing the exact same exercises we had just done at the walk. Asking her to bend, supple and also counter-bend. We leg-yielded, we changed direction a billion times and we practiced our jog-halts. It was completely heavenly.
|She has such a dished, polished face.|
It goes like this:
Walk improves Trot. Trot improves Canter. Canter improves Walk.
Sound confusing? It is.
|Suzie was slow being ponied so she walked herself the last 5 minutes home.|
So why does canter improve the walk then? Well, the walk is the hardest gait to master correctly. The canter plays a substantial role in shaping the walk. This is why you cannot have a good canter without a correct trot. And skipping one of the gaits will result in the domino effect - nothing will be achieved and starting over at Square One will be common - trust me, I've been there! And while spending 20-30min of walking exercises doesn't sound productive (or fun) it will shape you and your horse. You may not believe me, but it works.
So I ask, what do you think? Would you try it?? And if you do try it, let me know how it goes!