Es­tab­lish bal­ance

Ex­Er­cisE 1

Your Horse (UK) - - Better Riding -

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

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