Introducing the Trot Zig-Zag with Shannon Dueck
Before you begin to train the counter change in hand, the horse must already be able to perform good single half-passes in both directions. I define a good half-pass as one in which I can maintain the horse's throughness in the bend, while adding the haunches-in component (note: the horse doesn't 'lead' with the haunches; half-pass can be defined as haunches-in on a diagonal line). In order to correct the most common problem in half-pass - a rider who hangs onto the bend while the horse presses against the bend - I school shoulder-in to half-pass on a frequent basis. The shoulder-in creates the correct bend, and as I go into the half-pass from there, I should be able to maintain the bend, and make corrections if the bend is lost at all. Assuming we have a good half-pass in each direction we can add the difficulty of the counter…
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