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From: Kerry Dykes [mailto:KDykes@cpes.com]
Sent: Monday, October 25, 1999 1:17 PM
To: 'Flemmer, Linda'
Subject: RE: High headed? "Collection" at "extension"???Thank you! I was asking the question poorly. Yes, your term,"road trot" is the one I probably have the most fun at, Spirit does have the slight side to side head motion from that powerful reaching of his shoulders and the gait is very smooth. I try to do the same thing - sit balanced and just stay outta his way! I rode him for nearly a year, gasping at the "pace" of his extended trot, before I even discovered the third gear - awsome! He has a tendency towards a hollow back at the working trot based on the feel of the ride, but when we're in high gear I can feel him round under me. Now I feel better!
[Kerry Dykes]-----Original Message-----
From: Flemmer, Linda [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, October 25, 1999 9:47 AM
To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'; email@example.com
Subject: RE: High headed? "Collection" at "extension"???
I think that the problem is vocabulary here... Collection and extension are very different - I'm not sure if you can be truly collected AND extend... My dressage lessons never explored that possibility & made it seem mutually exclusive. Any comments on this?
I suspect that you are trying to ask about self-carriage. From a collected trot to working trot to extended trot to "Road Trot" (your "a**-kicking gait", in my husband's horse - around 20 mph), the horse should work by driving from his rear. and his back should be rounded up under you. As a horse gets into a bigger trot, the head <may> rise a little. At the road trot, I usually see the neck extend, perhaps a bit of head motion side to side if the stride is really big, just from the thrust of the shoulders. It is extremely smooth when Major hits this gait, too. We usually sit in a balanced position & try to stay out of his way. (If we don't, he shoots dirty looks at us!)
Ask your trainer to watch you at these different gaits & see if the horse is engaging his rear end & traveling with a round back.
Blue Wolf Ranch
Subject: RC: High headed? "Collection" at "extension"???
Kerry Dykes firstname.lastname@example.org
So tell me, what do you all expect and look for at the higher speeds -- do you still expect "collection" at that flat-out
a**-kicking gait -- and if so, how on earth do you manage it!?
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