For those interested in transition work...
It's Friday, it's -10, the forecast is calling for another 5" of snow, and I've officially spent more time digging through moldy books from the 1600's than riding my horse over the last week.
Related: I have developed a vendetta against unqualified archivists. (Losing a rare book? Not okay.)
So, let's take a minute to relax with a cup of tea and do some good reading? Yeah? I swear to god this has something to do with horses...
This article popped up in my feed recently, and I thought now would be a great time to share. It's called The Five Stages of the Transition and it's by Horse Listening, a fantastic training blog.
Okay. Go forth those of you residing in places with weather that is conducive to life. I demand you practice these things. I'll just be here. Watching my huskies complain that the ground is too cold to go into the yard to pee...
|These are not as organized as they look...|
|"Remember, Remember, the dark of the library, the bookshelves, must, and rot. |
I know of no reason why the loss of a book should ever be forgot."
... what do you mean that's not how it goes? What do you mean "too much time in photoshop?"
|Or read with wine. Whatever. I don't judge.|
- I need to do more half halts. Way more. Before and after.
- Some of this stuff comes out of order for different horses. On Pig I need to whisper before I can work on throughness.
|Epic half halt gif. Thanks Wikipedia.|
This article was on Horse & Hound, and was geared towards photographers, but actually has some interesting tidbits about gaits themselves. It's called Photographing dressage horses: what to look for.
- Advanced horses hit the ground first with the diagonal FRONT leg in the diagonal phase of the canter. To support the lifted shoulder? Now that I look for it, it seems to be totally true. Mind = Blown. I've been thinking that was a fault!
- HOLY SHIT Valegro!
|Srsly. Wtf. Have you ever seen a hind leg do that?|
And finally, 7 Essential Aids for An Epic Canter Transition, also by Horse Listening. (I told you this blog is awesome). This is an incredibly detailed post chronicling every step of a canter transition.
- Again. Need moar half haltz.
- My inside leg needs to be on more consistently.
- Love the "windshield wiper" comparison!
|More Wikipedia action. Because, canter.|
|"The floor is the extreme opposite of lava!" -- Sonka, dog.|