Hunt Seat Equitation Lead Changes and Stride Length provided by eXtension
The question is In the equitation when they ask for a lead change, how do you feel about that, is a simple lead acceptableé of course it's legal if they don't expound to you that they want a flying lead change. But, from the hunter point of view there is no trotting on course. Trotting on course puts you in to the 40's. So out of 100 if you trot on course that is just right above the refusal. So, their not going to look very highly on you if you do a simple lead change. Probably even more in the horsemanship you need to have a flying lead change on your horse. One of the biggest criticisms is in the patterns that the people are not moving their horses forward. They don't want to see a horse loping they want them moving forward and they want you showing
the horse at what they would consider a 12 foot stride. If you think about a trail horse loping their a 6 foot stride, a pleasure horse probably is a 6 foot stride. So that's just how much more pace you have. So, we're going to test these guys and I'm going to put them at a canter and we'll put up two cones here and I'm going to set it at 3 strides and we will see how fast they actually have to go to be at a 12 foot stride. And, if a judge, and I did this and they all had a big ole uproar, if a judge sets markers out and on their pattern they say, from marker A to marker B or marker B to marker C, it's 48 feet
their telling you they want you to see the strides, oké So, I'm going to set up a little pattern that I saw. Here was the start cone, right here, and we had a diagonal line, and the diagonal line was set at 48 feet. So divided by 12, 4 strides. And some of the little guys, they have to run like crazy. okay, so what I am going to have you guys do is we're going to test your strides and everyone in the audience can count to 4, I'm sure probably better than me. But if I can have you start down here by the big water bucket and I want you to do a sitting trot to the marker, canter left lead to the outside, come down the line on the left lead and then just go up and around by that van and halt.
We won't do a lead change but keeping in mind here that we're going to count your strides and there should probably be 4 canter steps in here. They'll probably give you 5 but not 6. Yes, yeah it's just like a hunter hack course all you're going to do is just trot to the marker and then take your left lead and go toward the yellow water truck and then come down here and you have to have enough pace that we're going to count how many canter steps you have in between these two cones. And then you can just canter down and halt. I'll add a lead change in, I'm not sure, Well, Bailey you don't have a lead change do youé we can do a simple lead change okay. So, here's like a new little trend in equitation patterns.
Who's going firsté Very easy. Okay. And it doesn't say two point it just says trot, canter and actually there's a lead change in it and a halt over here, it's a hunter hack course without the fences. No, not to begin with, all I'm concerned about is this line down here.So you guys can feel how fast you have to get your horses going. Okayé Then I will actually turn it into a pattern. So, she's now giving us opportunity to build to the speed where she can get four strides knocked out right there. So, as she begins to pass we'll count. 1 2 3 4 5 6, okay she's 2 strides long. So, that's how much they want you to send your horse forward.
And did you feel like you were moving him out, okay. So you gotta get a lot more canter and this is just for you guys to see how much canter you have to have 1 2 3 4 5. So, that would probably be acceptable because there is no fence but 6 is not . It would be nice if she could drive that forward a little bit, okay. So, now you guys need to canter around down here and make them actually drive up to their face and we're going to try to get you to get one stride less. Good, step her up their Bailey. Hands forward, longer arms shorter rein, longer arms shorter rein, longer arm toward her ears. 1 2 3 4 5 About 5 and a half. Here comes Bucky, go. And you want to, instead of kayaying them and
Horse Gaits Cantering in TwoPoint Position
Once you've become comfortable cantering sittingyou can also practice cantering at a two point. This is a step closer to jumping. So we willbegin the same way we begin a regular canter, by sitting trot. Outside leg comes back andthis time we are going to come up out of the tack, with a little shorter reins so thatmy hands can come up her neck so my elbows are just in front of my body and letting theweight fall down into my heels and still my arms are following her back and forth motion.And then when I want to come back to the trot, I'll sit down.