Ex­er­cise 2: Counter-Can­ter In­tro­duc­tion through Ser­pen­tine

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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.

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