min Warm up your horse for five minutes around the length of the arena, varying between walk and trot on both reins. Include a few serpentines (see p38) to get him focused and listening to your leg. When you’re both warmed up, begin by walking large around the arena. l1 At your first marker ride a 10m circle in walk. When you return to the outside track, continue to walk around the arena. l2 At the next marker, halt and ask your horse to stand still for 15 seconds. l3 Continue around the arena in walk. When you reach your next marker, ride another 10m circle. l4 Repeat this circle-stop-circle pattern all the way round the arena. l5 Repeat the exercise on the other rein.
On the circles, use your inside leg to push your horse out and lift up through the shoulder. Make sure you keep your outside rein supportive so your horse doesn’t drift off the 10m circle.