Will life be happening to you? Or are you called by life this time to take responsibility for your choices?
And if you make some empowering choices, what would the world be like in Q4, if everyone in the world did what you are about ready to do in Q4?
Just imagine that the world is watching you in Q4 and then emulating what you do. Now that’s a huge responsiblity 😉 but how cool would it be if that’s the level of responsiblity we all will embrace in Q4. That’s a beautiful and powerful idea!
Now take a moment to realise "Where are you and your horse now?" and "What is your potential as a team and what are you capable off?"
Many riders with gaited horses think they don't need to do the 'common' dressage exercises, because they practice other gaits.
But a gaited horse is just a horse, it has the same muscles and the same bones and the same asymmetry. And no horse is made to carry a rider - no matter what breed, no matter if it's a gaited horse or not - because by nature most weight is on a horse's fragile fore legs.
So all core exercises of ST are needed for any kind of (gaited) horse to help the horse transform from natural balance - the picture on the left where the horse is caryring more weight on the front legs - to artifical balance - the picture on top of the ladder, where the horse is carrying more weight on the hind legs. And this rebalancing can take place by transforming the ability from the hind legs from 'pushing' ability to also a 'carrying' ability.
Now for a clean tölt you need free shoulders and hind legs that are equally strong. That's why tölt is at the same level of piaffe.