Catherine Haddad joins us with a six year old mare beginning in the working trot. They show how they ask for the collected trot by changing the posting and the rider putting his lower leg on, expecting the mare to come into the air more. Catherine explains how they use a passage trot to teach the horses to come off the ground. They also demonstrate this in sitting trot.
The next exercise is shoulder in, with an emphasis on getting the shoulders off the ground. They use this to prepare for half pass, and then move on to the haunches in. This talented pair shows remarkable examples of responsiveness, the beginnings of self-carriage and elasticity.
With the counter canter, they make sure that the length of stride does not change when the go across the short end. They are just starting changes with her and they combine them with the canter half pass. Catherine talks about what she looks for in the half pass with a six year old.