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What is a working trot?


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2008-08-28 03:19:05
2008-08-28 03:19:05

a working trot is a trot between a collected trot and the extended trot. It should be energetic and have good forward motion, not 'pokey', but should not be 'fast'. Just a good active pace relative to your horses motion.

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The natural trot for a horse under saddle. It is the normal trot for the horse.

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No, it's [rein-wise] the space between medium trot and collected trot

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A -Enter down the center line in working trot C -Track Left HE -Proceed in working trot E -Circle left 20 metresdiameter EK -Proceed in working trot between K&A - Transition to walk (one horses length) & proceed in working trot FXH -Change the rein on a diagonal in working trot between H&C - Transition to walk (one horses length) & proceed working trot B -Circle right 20 metres diameter After X- (on circle, after X)Give and retakethe reins between F&A -Working Canter right KEH- Proceed in working canter C -Circle right 20 metres diameter MBF -Proceed in working canter between F&A- Forward to working trot between A&K -Medium walk KXM - Change rein in a free walk on long rein M -Gather reins into medium walk between M&C -Working trot HEK -Proceed in working trot between K&A -Working Canter left A - Circle left 20 metres diameter AFMB -Working Canter between M&C - Working trot HXF -Change the rein on a diagonal in working trot A - Turn down center line between X&G -Halt, immobility,salute. Hope this helps, similar to the other answer, just slightly more detailed :)

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Over long distances, it is better for the horse's back if you can do a rising (or posting) trot, standing and sitting with every alternate beat of the horse's hooves. In high level dressage tests, riders sit to the trot, and this is done before canter transitions in general English riding.

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The pleasure trot is a medium working trot. The horse should be accepting of the bit with a good head-set, a free swinging shoulder and engaged hocks. Most of all, it should have a pleasing, ground-covering cadence.


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