Exercise 2: Counter-Canter Introduction through Serpentine
The spiraling Circle is great preparation for this because the horse needs to be straight on both reins in order to be balanced in the counter canter this exercise mirrors what is asked for in tests leading up to holding the counter canter first appearing in &irst level test as a single loop. It establishes balance, suppleness and bend and helps build hindquarter strength.
• Cantering on the left lead on the long side of the ring come in slightly off the rail, not even as far as the quarterline to start, with a slight left bend.
• Then return to the rail maintaining the left bend and using the same aids as for the left lead: more weight in the left seat bone, the left leg a bit forward and the right leg a bit back the strides back to the rail are strides of counter canter • Start as a very shallow loop and make it steeper as you and your horse can maintain your balance and alignment in every stride.