Simply Change of Leg Through Trot
Dressage Movement – ‘Simple change of leg Through Trot’
The ‘simple change of leg through trot’ often gets confused with the ‘simple change’ and it’s understandable why. The two do sound very similar so naturally there is bound to be some confusion! So let’s try and straighten things out a bit for you.
A ‘simple change of leg’ is where your horse is in a collected canter, does a transition to medium walk, walks for 3-5 steps (unless stated otherwise) and then proceeds in the collected canter on the new leading leg. Depending on the level of test you are riding for example Elementary or Medium level, will depend on the quality of the downwards and upwards transitions…but that’s for another blog 😉
The ‘simple change of leg through trot’ is where the horse is in a collected canter, does a transition to working trot for 2-3 steps (unless stated otherwise) and then proceeds in the collected canter on the new leading leg.
There is an example of this movement shown in a Elementary video clip on the EquiTest Facebook page by kind permission of Karen Patient. The actually movement was:
B-X ½ 10m circle right in collected canter
X simple change of leg through trot
X-E ½ 10m circle left in collected canter
Usually, in a British Dressage test, this movement would be included within one mark given out of 10. There are many factors to consider when giving this mark, for example:
- The quality of the collected canter before the change of leg, the quality of working trot after between the transitions and the quality of the collected canter on the new leading leg.
- The balance, fluency, supplenes, body bend, engagement and self carriage within the movement when linking together
- Preparation, accuracy of the movement and straightness over X while changing the bend and changing legs.
- Fulfilling the requirements of the movement.
There’s a lot to consider and a lot can happen in such a short space in time!
Regarding the video clip of this movement on the EquiTest Facebook page this is what I liked about it…
The collected canter had a really good energy, the turn onto the centre line was very straight even during the simple change of leg through trot, and the straightness was really well maintained. The mark I would give would be 7-7.5 out of 10.
Actually I was really impressed with the straightness on the centre line, as a rider this is so hard to achieve. In order to get a higher mark I would be looking for the half circles to be a bit more accurate as they seemed too deep and gradual. Ideally a bit more collection in the canter to help develop the engagement and the self carriage and greater suppleness in the body bend especially in the left canter.
I would always mark higher for good quality work with inaccuracies compared to poor quality and accuracy.
The aim of these movements are to try and demonstrate and maintain a good way of going while completing the movement. If this can be established and the accuracy shown then this is when a higher mark of 8, 9,10 would be given.
I hope this has made things a bit clearer for you and if there are any examples of movements you would like to present for discussion then please let me know.
Here to help as always
Claire Marie Senior