” You’re at 1000 rpm.When you bring him back to collected canter I want it to be 1500 rpm.” That was my coach Belinda Trussell in a lesson last week. This is about power. Not speed. Revolutions Per Minute. How many times the engine in a car is turning in a minute. This is a perfect acronym for a cantering horse as well. The horse has a rear wheel drive engine. The power comes from the hind end and in the canter Belinda wants that hind end quicker. Snappier! More revolutions per minute!
I understood, straight away, what it was that Belinda wanted. But the execution was not so easy. Coming back to collected canter but increasing the power and the revolutions per minute. Here is a video from one of our lessons.
As some of you may know I have a small pouch for treats attached to my saddle. It fell off and when I rode into the corner I could see it lying on the arena floor. That is why I said to Belinda that perhaps Biasini would not get any treats. But Belinda rescued it and he got his treats.
“Can you piaffe in that walk?” This was Belinda’s question for the walk before a canter transition. Was the walk active enough and engaged enough for me to ask for the piaffe and get it. Or was it engaged and active enough for me to transition to an extended trot from the walk. The reason she wanted the walk to be so active and engaged before the canter transition is that Biasini must push off into the canter from his hind legs. He should not pull himself forward with his front legs into the canter. If he springs into the canter, powered from his hind legs, then the canter is already up and active and my job is to keep it that way! Here is another video with walk to canter to walk transitions.
Today is Monday and the start of another week. Tomorrow I will be having the first lesson of the week with Belinda. It is expected that I will have studied my videos and be ready for whatever we are going to work on this week. I’m looking forward to it!
The featured photo for this post was taken by Carmen Franco at White Fences Equestrian in February this year.
Stay safe and well everyone!