How to Trot Your Horse : How to Transition a Horse Into an Extended Jog


Hi, I’m Kelli on behalf of Expert Village,
I’m going to show you some tips and techniques that I use when I’m trotting and jogging my
horse. When you are riding, there is a couple of times that you might ask your horse to
do an extended jog. For instance if you are in a show ring and you want to quickly pass
a horse and get on the rail, you may ask your horse to extend so you can very quickly get
around the horse and get back on the rail. You also in some of your more advanced western
show classes they would ask you to do a extended jog; it just shows the level of training that
your horse is at. So what you want to do an extend jog, let me move her here and we have
her up to a jog. What we do is just pick up really lightly and we would just apply a little
bit of leg and get her to lengthen her stride. We are staying sitting, staying with our seat
bones deep in the saddle and we just using a little bit of calf pressure right at the
shoulders getting her to lift her shoulders a little bit more and lengthen her stride.
So we are staying with our posture in a line, we are looking where we want to go. You can
see she is just moving a little bit of, not necessarily a faster pace but she is covering
more ground because she lengthens her stride. So we wouldn’t want her to be cruising along
doing short choppy steps. We want her to have a nice fluent sweeping stride that is she
is covering more ground not necessarily moving at a quicker pace. So again, a lot of this would come with training
if you pick up on your horse, pick your horse, kind of lift the shoulders a little bit more
it would extend out a little bit. But a lot of this comes with training. Make sure your
horse is properly withing in its shoulders and engaging from the hind end. So it might
take you a little of practice to get your horse good at jog. But it is an effective
technique that you can use if you are trying to quickly get around the horse around the
rail in the show ring. So that is how you want to ride your horse in an extend jog.


3 Responses

  1. Katie Graham

    October 4, 2010 12:42 am

    HELMET! wheres the helmet??? i know people ride without them, but i thought you were trying to be a good learning example here?!? SO WHERE'S THE HELMET!?!?!?


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