Training the Often-Forgotten Walk with David Marcus

But the walk is not only part of every dressage test from training level to grand prix; the movement that includes the free or extended walk is also always a coefficient movement, worth double the score. Additionally, when the judge gives the collective marks for gaits, the walk is part of that assessment; it can also be a factor in the collective mark for submission. The walk is often considered the most difficult gait to improve, but David Marcus believes all the horse's gaits can be improved with correct training. “I have a horse that, in his most tense moments, walks better than my other horse in his most relaxed moments,” he says. “But I'm a firm believer that you can improve any gait, including the walk, provided you remember that you can improve it only within the horse's natural abilities.” Whether it's medium and free walk for a training-level…

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