Your Horse (UK) - - Better Riding -

When rid­den cor­rectly, serpentines look im­pres­sive and do a lot of good for you and your horse’s train­ing. How­ever, var­i­ous things can go awry when you’re rid­ing a ser­pen­tine. Watch out for the fol­low­ing…

Rider is­sues HEAVY ON THE REINS

“I see many rid­ers lean­ing in and col­laps­ing through their hips as they ride a ser­pen­tine,” Alex points out. “Also, a lot of peo­ple use too much rein to change di­rec­tion.” This can re­sult in hold­ing on to the con­tact too much, which leads to your horse lean­ing on your hands and drop­ping onto his fore­hand. You need to ride each change of bend from your legs; your rein merely in­di­cates the di­rec­tion and cre­ates flex­ion.


“Lack of prepa­ra­tion is an­other is­sue I of­ten see when I’m judg­ing,” says Alex. “This re­sults in in­ac­cu­rate changes of flex­ion, which im­pacts on the whole ex­er­cise. “It also shows up in­con­sis­ten­cies in tempo, bend and gen­eral sup­ple­ness of both horse and rider.”


“Loops of vary­ing sizes is some­thing I see a lot of,” adds Alex. “This is usu­ally caused by the rider not look­ing up and ahead at where they’re go­ing, or not fully un­der­stand­ing how to ride this move­ment ac­cu­rately.”

Horse is­sues

Los­ing rhythm/vary­ing tempo Hol­low­ing/com­ing above the bit Re­sist­ing/tight­en­ing over the back Quar­ters swing­ing/hind hooves not fol­low­ing the front feet.

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