In riding or in life, a change of pace or a change of place.
Transitions between gaits. Trot to canter. Canter to halt. Halt to walk. The unique “beat of the feet” changes from one gait to another.
Transitions within a gait. The drumbeat of the gait remains the same, but the stride lengthens or shortens. Practicing this develops longitudinal suppleness – your horse becomes as adjustable as an elastic band.
Tips for top transitions: Aim for …
- No flee. The horse doesn’t rush into the next gait and out the “front of the box”. We want to avoid any sign of flight response in a prey animal.
- No brace. No resistance to your aids –leaning on your hands, sticking on your leg aids.
In life, timely transitions are essential, don’t you think?
We may be inclined to rush into the next opportunity or confrontation with someone. Or sometimes we get stuck – paralyzed to change careers, location or our traditions.
When to move, when to wait – I need to remember to ask One who has the helicopter view!
Psalm 25:5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.