Dressage - Extended Trot
Extended trot is when the horse opens out its frame and increases the length of each stride to the greatest amount possible.
Preparation For Extended Trot
The horse needs to be confidently working in rhythm and balance with school movements and lateral work as well as working on the bit, engaging behind and be remaining free and light on its forehand.
Asking For Extended Trot
- Ensure that your horse has been properly warmed up and is attentive to the aids.
- Pick up working trot and as you reach the short side of the school start to collect your horse up in preparation for the extended trot.
- Collecting the trot will help to engage the horses hind legs well underneath the body, which will generate the forward energy required to extend the legs to their full extent.
- As you leave the short side you start to ask for the extended stride.
- The riders hands will move slightly forwards to ask the horse to start to open its frame and stretch through its back, the rider should still maintain the contact in order to maintain the horses balance and rhythm.
- The rider applies pressure with both lower legs on the girth to ask the horse to extend the strides.
- With each stride the riders seat will sit deep and push each stride out.
- The rider should look ahead into the direction that they wish the extended strides to go.
- Only ride a few strides to begin with to ensure that the horse stays engaged behind and light in front.