Uniform gallop – how to achieve and not lose?
Do you feel that something is wrong during training at a gallop? Elements are carried out very badly, can’t it be possible to calculate the number of tempos in front of the barrier, and does the gait itself look more like chaotic running around than a regular three-stroke gallop? So it’s time to pay attention to the uniformity of movement!
There may be many reasons for the lack of a clear rhythm when galloping, but the most malicious and frequent problems are the lack of conductivity, the horse’s sluggish back-to-back work and insufficient straightforwardness. Whether it is a beginner or an experienced athlete, everyone can face such a problem. Kristina Leonova, a member of the youth team of Russia and a finalist of the European Championship in 2019, shared with us her tips on how to defeat these “ailments” and return the horse a good gait.
Transitions as a lifestyle
Kristina notes that throughout her workout she devotes a large amount of time to transitions within the gait itself. From added gallop to shortened, and vice versa. Such a change of movement inside the gait will help to resume the active work of the hind legs of the horse and bring them under the body. The added gait will help expand the swing at a gallop, knocking down a horse with a four-stroke movement.
Rider’s best friends – traverse and ranverse
Another life hack for gallop uniformity is lateral flexion exercises. Kristina advises to make a traverse five meters, then five meters of the ranverse, alternating their entire long wall. Such a change will help you hone the uniformity of the gallop when changing flexion and achieve better conductivity.
Tips from the “equestrian capital”
Kristina shared with us some of the intricacies of working with a gallop, which she learned while training in Germany. Firstly, the work on volt – it is on this element that it is easiest to control the horse, speed up the work of the hind legs and keep constant bending. Secondly – the exclusion of movement on the walls from their equestrian life. This will help to wean the horse “leaning” against the walls, which usually violates the uniformity of the gallop.
Cavaletti to the masses
Known to many in the #ProkoniDisciplineChallenge, gallop poles can help a lot. Having placed them at a certain distance from each other, the rider must make a clearly defined number of pace gallop between them. This exercise will help to better control the uniformity of the gait, preventing the horse itself from accelerating or braking.
Kristina also recommended an excellent job to test the conductivity and uniformity of movement. Having set up a clear and calm collected gallop, give the horse an excuse, letting it stretch and fall down, and then pick up the reins again. At the same time, it is important to ensure that the rhythm does not change, the impulse is maintained, and the motive does not sag. Happened? You are on the right track!
Do not forget that the horse should always be relaxed in the back of the head and neck. Regularly repeating these exercises will help you achieve the right three-stroke gallop and leave behind constant rhythm problems.
Legs trembling with tension, soared rider, constant trainer’s remarks about active forward movement – did you recognize yourself in this? The slowness and reluctance of a horse to move can be a serious problem for any equestrian discipline, but is it worth it to despair right away?
First of all, it is worth paying attention to the causes of this behavior and dividing them into three groups: veterinary, rider’s work errors and behavioral problems. And if with the first group everything is more or less clear – having some kind of trauma or experiencing discomfort while riding, the horse will try to take care of himself and avoid a serious load, then with the other two groups everything is more complicated.
Those. inspection of one horsepower
First of all, a horse that has difficulty actively moving forward should be shown to the veterinarian to make sure that there are no serious problems. Since self-diagnosis is not always true, it is better to entrust the examination to a professional. And only after receiving a conclusion that the problem is not in the horse’s health, we can proceed to a further search for a solution.
The whip is not a panacea
One of the common problems associated with a horse’s poor response to a forward move is the rider’s misuse of controls. It will be a mistake to believe that the more often you work with the whip and spurs, the better the horse will move forward. On the contrary, from too frequent use of auxiliaries and a strong send with a shankel, the reaction will become dull. It would be more correct to use them once after the horse did not respond to the message with the shankel, and then calmly maintain the movement of the foot.
Lack of hind legs brought under the body can also cause poor forward movement. A stretched horse will need more effort to make a strong push with his hind legs, let alone jumps and elements for which movement “from the rear” is simply necessary. And in this case, it will help the horses to cross the asses well both inside the gait, and from one gait to another.