Exploring Transitions

In this video set, we will set up and experiment with transitions in gait, tempo, direction, and shape on the ground as well as in riding. We will explore how we can layer transitions to teach our horse the next step of an exercise and also how using transitions can free up and shape the physical quality we are looking for in our horse's way of moving. 

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Day 1 Introduction

A short intro to the day's events including some information on the way we will be exploring transitions as well as a recap of the information on food rewards and voice cues.

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Day 1 - Jupiter

Introduction to transitions from the ground including:

- Walk, trot, and backup transitions on circles from a position in front and next to the horse.

- Building these same transitions on straight lines to create even more stepping under of the inside hind leg and lightening of the inside shoulder to free up more bending through the body.

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Day 1 - Ilios

Exploring transitions even further in work in hand into trot laterals and adding in transitions to halt.

Also layering transitions between laterals to create better suppleness and coordination.

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Day 1 - Moon

Using transitions between laterals in walk as a warm up in work in hand. Then exploring transitions walk-trot-walk within laterals to create connection and balance. Finishing off with starting canter transitions from a groundwork and work in hand body position.

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Day 1 - Delightful

Warming up in work in hand using transitions between laterals as well as transitions to trot. Then exploring transitions from more forward to more collected trot within the lateral exercises. Stepping into canter and using transitions to halt to create more support behind as well as the beginning of transitions from one canter lead to the other i.e. flying changes.

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Day 1 & 2 - QA

Questions and Answers from both days as well as a compilation of our groundwork simulation with all the spectators.

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Day 2 Introduction

A short intro to the day's events and how to set up and explore transitions in riding.

 

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Day 2 - Jupiter

Building from Day 1 and adding in transitions from groundwork to work in hand as well as revisiting basic yields and liberty to help release mental and/or physical brace in the horse's mind/body.

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Day 2 - Ilios

Introduction to transitions in riding. Exploring transitions between laterals in walk. Then adding in transitions to trot to create more fluency.

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Day 2 - Moon

Building the same exercises from Day 1 into the riding. Using transitions from laterals to circles to repair balance, suppleness, and shape. Testing transitions of gait within laterals. Finishing with setting up canter transitions from walk.

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Day 2 - Delightful

Using the same warm up as Day 1 - transitions between laterals on circles in walk and trot. Then taking the trot onto the straight lines and developing transitions from more forward to more collected within the lateral movements. Finishing in canter, playing with transitions into collected canter, using halt to rebalance and create more support behind and taking the canter onto the straight lines.

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