Progressing towards Spanish Walk - starting to alternate the front legs.
Horses don’t have a language brain, but we are training them to do complex movements without using words. It’s mind blowing stuff! In this lesson Tracy is excited to learn more about dynamic leg extensions because this exercise is useful for enhancing so much other dressage work. Think of freeing up the shoulder for the extended trot and for flying changes in the canter.
To recap, Jenku makes sure that Jack’s 'static leg extensions', learned in the Summer season, are solid. Once consistent, you can add a forward step, so the sequence looks like this:
- extend front leg
- take a step forward
- extend other front leg
This exercise is as much about ‘training the trainer’ as it is about training the horse. If the horse is not getting it right, it means that you aren’t getting it right. That’s not to discourage you, but rather to encourage you to take it back a step, work on the basic movements until they are really established and then try again.