I like dressage in walk.
I can sit beautifully (!), I can establish whatever movement I want to do in Walk, I can actually do laterals properly – shoulder in, travers, half pass in Walk. And, I’m good at it … 😉 Moving up to trot and then canter is a different matter.
- On a circle establish the bend
- Ask for shoulder-fore on the circle
- by bringing the inside leg forward a little to move the shoulder out
- capture the movement of the shoulder with the outside rein
- the inside hand should be a fraction higher than the outside
- look 3 metres in front of you across the circle
- it is essential that your shoulders are level with those of the horse
- you are looking for a little more bend than you would normally see on the circle
- Allow a quarter of the circle in shoulder fore and then release the shoulder and continue on the circle
- Next, you should ask for quarters-in
- by bringing the outside leg back a little
- again hold everything with the outside rein
- weight into the inside seat-bone
- shoulders level with the horses
- looking 3 metres in front of you across the circle
- again, just a shift in is sufficient, a little more bend than you would normally see on the circle
Alternate between shoulder-fore and quarters-in on the circle for about 6 circles, then go straight and give your horse the rein to have a good stretch. Perhaps pop into a stretchy trot to loosen and free everything up, before you go again on the opposite rein.