I’ve been revisiting these three exercises recently. In particular, I’ve used exercise two with a horse who tends to drift out on a canter transition.
I cantered the 20m circle, making the trot transition just before the centre line and trotting the 10m circle on the opposite rein. This meant that as I rejoined the 20m circle she was in counter flexion. As I straightened her into the 20m circle I asked for canter. The strike off was much better because she had to push straight forwards with the hindlegs, whereas before as the inside hind came under she drifted diagonally out. The fact is just changed the bend also meant that I had a really supportive outside rein, which almost blocked her drifting out through that shoulder.
We did end up doing the whole exercise in canter, with trot changes of lead over the centre line which sharpened her up to the aids and tested her balance because she had to keep her weight fairly evenly over each leg in order to change her bend and sequence of legs quickly and easily.
I’ve got exercise three in mind for another horse I’m riding to do this week, and will probably spiral in on that circle in canter to improve her suppleness.
I`ve been doing some research and reading, and have got some new schoolwork exercises to play around with in my lessons – so watch out everyone!
I`ll list the exercises here briefly, but the main point I want to make in this post is the importance of preparation.
Exercise 1 – Stay on a twenty metre circle. Ride a ten metre circle within the bigger circle, so that the larger circle acts as a tangent to the smaller circle. The exercise becomes harder when small circles are ridden more frequently, and you can also ride a downwards transition immediately before the small circle, and an upwards transition upon finishing.
Exercise 2 – Stay on a twenty metre circle in the centre of the school. As you cross the centre line, ride a ten metre circle in the opposite direction before rejoining the large circle. To make this exercise harder, ride…
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