Week 3 of the Virtual Rally Day #PCANSWisochallenge: Walk Canter Transitions
Posted: Mon, 11th May 2020
The simple change challenge is up to week 3: walk to canter transitions.
The ultimate #PCANSWisochallenge over the next month is to be able to do walk through Simple Changes well after four weeks of progressive practice. In all disciplines of riding you need to be able to change your horses lead in canter, so everyone can join in the fun if you are confident cantering independently! We would love it if clubs could get involved with this!
All training needs to be done in a progressive manner—This means exercises are done step by step and you need to consolidate what you’ve learnt before moving onto the next step!
Here are the stages week by week you need to work on:
WEEK ONE (STARTING SUNDAY 26TH APRIL)
Work on the Trot to Canter Transition. Watch this Youtube video here for some help and also some good exercises to use. This is a surprisingly difficult transition to get right, so take your time and don’t move on to the next step until you are happy with your trot to canter transition.
WEEK TWO (STARTING SUNDAY 3RD MAY)
Working on your Canter to Trot and Trot to Canter and being able to do a Simple change through the Trot with no more than 3 Trot strides, taking what you learnt from last week to make your trot to canter transition is seamless! Another YouTube video can be found here.
WEEK THREE (STARTING SUNDAY 10TH MAY)
Walk to Canter transitions—YouTube tutorial can be found here. This will line up with Virtual Rally Day #3.
WEEK FOUR (STARTING SUNDAY 17TH MAY)
Canter to Walk transitions and ultimately then a walk through Simple change with 4 or less walk strides. At this end of this week on the 24th of May in conjunction with Virtual Rally #4, we want to see your finished simple changes!
While training work on the following:-
- Your riding position
- Gentle hands and accurate timing with the leg aids. Outside leg first then inside leg
- Upper body still and not leaning forward
- Have your horse bending and looking in the direction you are going on a circle or corner
Each week have someone video you both for your own learning, to send to your club instructor, and at the end of the challenge to send into Pony Club NSW to be eligible for a prize! Send your final edit after the 24th of May to email@example.com.