Hi, I’m Kelli on behalf of Expert Village.
I’m going to show you some tips and techniques that I use when using transitions in the western
style riding. Once you have your horse riding in a lope, if you want to break down to a
trot a couple of different ways that you can do. You can apply a little bit of leg pressure.
If your horse is trained to respond well to leg pressure, by the time they would break
back down to the jog. You can also pick up a little bit. You are in a show atmosphere;
this is a higher level of skill. If your horse does respond to leg pressure so you don’t
have to be pulling or jerking on your reins, if you squeeze too hard that is what would
happen, they would stop. So you want to make sure since most of the time that you are loping
anyway you have your outside leg pressed against the side of the horse. If you come in with
your right leg and give them a little squeeze, most of the time they would break down really
nicely into the jog. But this takes a lot of practice, a lot of training to get them
to be really responsive to it.
But again it is a really great training method to make sure you horse is tuned in and listens
to you and not just loping around doing there own thing. So that is how you want to break
down from the loping to the trot.