What's the glue that holds your horse's movements together?
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
I've been working hard, test driving, and developing lesson plans for this week's class "Improving Transitions." I spend a bunch of time focusing on this in my teaching and training with my students at home. Of course, like you, I kind of have been folding them into my training as part of something else that we're working on. It's easy to forget to work just on transitions, because the best transitions often go unnoticed. However, the bad ones sure do stick out like a sore thumb, don't they?
We tend to get hung up on things like figures, different types of trot, and... hats. Well, leaving the last one out, think of what happens between every trot, walk, and halt. You, got it. Transitions! Transitions act like the glue that holds all of the movements together. They actually do more than that. A great gait can't make a great transition, but a great transition can make a great gait. So let's take a little closer look at transitions together on Thursday night. We'll go over different elements of transitions, and what goes into them. Then we'll get down to putting together a lesson plan can help you improve those transitions.
Since the half-halt is so critical to making a great transition, I highly recommend that you have another look at the half-halt class to prepare for this one. If you missed that class, check out "Building a Half-Halt" on Vimeo. As a bonus, I'll upload the lesson plans for "Building A Half-Halt" on the materials page for this class. So you'll be able to look that stuff over before the class.
As always, don't worry if you can't make the live session. Sign up anyway, and you'll get the recording of the class over the weekend, plus the lesson plans that I'll share. That's it for now. I hope I see you online Thursday.