There are different types of walks, but for now you should simply practice
walking faster, which riders sometimes refer to as adding impulsion to the
walk. To do this, use the same basic aids for the walk but apply them with
Start you horse walking as you did before, and let her know you want her to
go faster by squeezing with the left leg, then the right, the left, the right, and
so forth. Use your back more dramatically. The farther back your legs are,
the more aggressive the signal to the horse.
This is great, isn't it? Is the wind blowing your hair and flapping your
cheeks? Well, maybe you're not going quite fast enough, but you're moving
right along. Next, why not try a turn?
Sprite is a small, stocky, sturdy, cute horse. If she were any shorter, she'd
be a pony. In the winter, her coat gets very long and she looks like a woolly
mammoth. She's sassy in the field, and you can tell she was hot stuff in her
younger years. Now that she's getting a little older, she has to watch what
Sprite's also the motherly type. She babysits horses that don't like to stay
alone in the barn or pasture. She stands nice and still when a new student
mounts, although she might move if you jab her with a knee or toe. A terrific
trail horse, Sprite proudly leads where other horses fear to venture. Being
calm and trustworthy makes her a good confidence builder for the beginning
|Aids to Add Impulsion to the Walk
- Squeeze with alternate legs - pulse with one leg, then the other, as
much as you need to achieve the desired speed.
- Follow the horse with your seat and back a bit more intensely. This
encourages the horse to lengthen her stride.
You should already have given with your hands when you first asked
Sprite to walk, but your reins shouldn't become too slack.
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