The Idea of Order: The Extended Trot
So many misconceptions…
This week’s comic was inspired by a friend of mine who commented to our mutual coach (they had been working on the extended trot) that she finally could tell the difference and that until then she’d “always thought the extended trot was more of a desperate medium.”
I thought that that was actually a pretty legitimate description of some trots I’d seen (and done) over the years while attempting to figure out this whole dressage thing. Of course even if you can’t always tell from watching, there really should be a difference….
Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 33-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She was recently able to complete her USDF bronze and silver medals and is currently working on her gold. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a now beastly 7-year-old Dutch gelding, and Stormy, her friend’s nearly all white paint gelding with a penchant for finding every mud hole and pee spot in existence. Visit her website at www.theideaoforder.com.
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