Balance is the foundation of any horse’s schooling, regardless of your discipline. The more balanced your horse is, the easier he’ll find lateral work. He’ll also be better able to clear fences.
How to ride it
a) Go large around the school in trot and establish an even rhythm. b) At one end of your school or paddock, ride a circle between 10 and 12m in trot. c) Focus on keeping the trot balanced – keeping an even pressure across your reins and seat bones to help your horse stay upright and in the same pace. d) Trot around until you achieve balance. Your horse will feel steady and able to maintain his frame. e) Go large and change the rein, repeating on the other side.
THE NEXT LEVEL: Shrink your circle to between eight and 10m. This requires more flexibility from your horse.
Focus on keeping the trot balanceed and in a regular rhythm