The importance of transitions to develop the paces

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One of the best ways to develop paces is with good transitions between and within paces.

For example, trot to walk, walk to canter, working to medium trot, as well as "on and back" exercises such as medium canter then more collection for a few strides, then back to medium canter. If you do well this work on transitions you will really see the difference to the horse's paces. Transitions are the basic of good training and the building blocks to develop lightness, balance, expression as you ask the horse to push in the upward transitions and to get his hindlegs under him in the downward transitions. This is very important to help to lift the shoulders and to improve the carrying power in the hindquarters.
Staff Il Paretaio 2015-12-03