EX­ER­CISE: 2. SERPENTINES

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This ex­er­cise builds on the good work the tran­si­tions have done. A ser­pen­tine can have any­thing from three to seven loops – start with three or four and build up. Ba­si­cally, a ser­pen­tine is a se­ries of half cir­cles con­nected with straight lines, there­fore, your horse will change bend fre­quently, teach­ing himh to lis­ten for the aids, which you need to be quick with to avoid con­fu­sion and re­sis­tance. It’s im­por­tant to keep the flow go­ing through­out the ser­pen­tine, avoid­ing the temp­ta­tion to slow down or speed up. Watch for your horse fall­ing in when chang­ing the bend – he’ll need sup­port from the new out­side rein and in­side leg. Change di­ag­o­nal over the cen­tre, which will help to re­bal­ance him. One ad­di­tion to this ex­er­cise is to ride 10m cir­cles when you reach the track and be­fore rid­ing the next loop. Not every time, but once or twice in each ser­pen­tine.

Frank soon fig­ures out what he should be do­ing with his serpentines

At first, Frank shows re­sis­tance when asked to cir­cle in the ser­pen­tine

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