ONE WAY TO tell that your horse has enough impulsion is to determine the amount of time it takes your leg aid to be answered. If you have the sensation that you could prepare and execute an upward or downward transition within three strides, your horse is probably where you want him to be. This feeling of the horse being ready to react quickly is sometimes referred to as being “in front of the leg” or “on the aids”. While riding within any gait, you should feel as if your horse wants to carry himself forward without being constantly pushed by you. With controlled activity coming from the hind legs, pushing over the back and out through the open window in the front.
Ah, I just had such good evening rides today! Don’t know why but all the horses were espcially sharp on the aids, in a GREAT way. So good.