Ex­er­cise 1: True & Counter Bend­ing on a Spi­ral­ing Cir­cle

Dressage Today - - Ride Tv -

This ex­er­cise teaches rid­ers to feel and es­tab­lish even rein con­tact with their horse’s mouth, as op­posed to hav­ing a “hol­low” rein on one side and too heavy a rein on the other. It helps them feel and main­tain through­ness on both sides of the horse’s body. In switch­ing be­tween bends, the rid­ers can iden­tify where straight is in the mid­dle and rec­og­nize the dif­fer­ences in lat­eral sup­ple­ness or lack thereof on each side of the horse.

• Trot on a Meter cir­cle go­ing left

• Counter bend your horse slightly to the right with slight right rein pres­sure.

• Keep your right leg at the girth to move the horse s shoul­ders to the in­side and main­tain left rein pres­sure to help es­tab­lish rein con­tact on both sides.

• Hold that for a few steps then switch to true flex­ion left bend while slightly spi­ral­ing out the cir­cle so the horse moves his shoul­der back to the out­side.

I rec­om­mend this ex­er­cise at the can­ter, too.

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