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.
When novice riders start a new method, then - after practicing the basics a few times - they often say that 'their horse gets bored'.
Now most of the time it's a projection of their own 'boredom';
When a rider is only practicing the 'names' of the exercise and not really the 'essence', that might lead to loss of interest.
And when a rider is only concentrating on the WHAT of an exercise and not on the WHY, that might lead to a 'dull' training.
Boredom also comes from if you start to compare with yesterday and when you start to expect, when you stop having an open mind for all the tiny details, when you stop being just interested in what happens, or when you stop having a beginner's mind.
So oftentimes the boredom comes from not really knowing WHY you do WHAT you do or when you lose curiosity.
Or it comes from not knowing the Bigger Picture; not knowing where you are now, what’s coming next and what you're heading for. That might make you feel aimless.
Now when you don't know why you do what you do and where to go, how would your horse know?
So never lose sight of the Bigger Picture - always start with the end goal in mind.
This really is worth watching - not only useful insights and tips, but also seeing the learning stages that both a less experienced and more experienced horse had to go through to achieve the desired results.
All 4 video clips are accompanied by easy to understand theory and explanations, which makes it easy to follow and the processes even more clear!
Plus the downloadable manuals are very informative, useful and helpful!
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