Mix­ing it up

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Once both you and your horse are happy and con­fi­dent rid­ing a three-loop ser­pen­tine in trot, you can add some va­ri­ety to the move­ment. For ex­am­ple:

At each point you make a turn, ride a 10m cir­cle be­fore con­tin­u­ing with your ser­pen­tine. This is a good ex­er­cise to help re­bal­ance your horse and, if he’s start­ing to an­tic­i­pate the next move­ment, this will help to slow him down and lis­ten to you. Half-halt as you fin­ish the cir­cle and then straighten your horse, cross the cen­tre line and con­tinue to ride the next part of the ser­pen­tine. You can also in­cor­po­rate tran­si­tions into your ser­pen­tine, ei­ther within the pace (so ex­tend­ing and short­en­ing the trot) or with di­rect tran­si­tions (for ex­am­ple, walk to trot and trot to can­ter) be­tween the paces.

Ride a 1 0m c ir­cle at t he s tart o f each loop t o b alance your horse

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