Dressage Horse Training: What is this second trot?

Hello Everyone,

Donzer and I are working to develop this so-called second trot.  This was new terminology for me but it is what we need to do.  This trot continues to be a big challenge for us.  I have gotten Donzer to agree to some contact but he continues to move his head around a lot.  Since training level, he’s ducked behind contact.  Using the rein-back and forward into the contact has helped steady our connection a bit.  For the last few months I’ve been using my spur to ask Donzer to lift his shoulders and to engage his belly to lift his back.  We are still in negotiation on this point.  One challenge with Donzer is how short he is in his body so he’s either correct or not.  I’ve tried to simplify my ask of Donzer  for inside leg to outside rein to a 20 meter circle exercise.  I’m asking for leg yield on the open sides of the circle.

I have short clips Parts 1,2,3 to show the progress through the exercise.  I think this is on the right track and I will keep sharing our progress going forward.

I’m a big believer in using multiple inputs for learning so here is video to accompany the discussion.  I’ve seen a couple of videos on YouTube now that I know what to look for in the search.  My favorite so far is this one from Charlotte Dujardin.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Good Riding,


Out of the Saddle

Author, Out of the Saddle: 9 Steps to Improve Your Horseback Riding

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