Mixing it up
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