Western dressage trainer Tim Christensen demonstrates how you can use half halts to get a better connection through your reins. He explains why this is beneficial for the Western dressage as well as many other disciplines.
In this video, Tim gives you some exercises that you can do at home to lengthen your horse's stride. Lenghtening of the trot will be in the Level 1 tests and usually take place on the diagnol line. Tim gives you tips to make your transitions as smooth as possible.
Tim demonstrates going from a regular jog and trot to an extended. In an extended trot or jog, the judge is looking for a clear change in gate with a noticable difference when you come back to the regular trot or jog.