Ex­er­cise 1: Test the Lat­eral Sup­ple­ness

Practical Horseman - - Ride Year - Round In A Clearspan Structure -

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Jar­a­lyn be­gins the ex­er­cise by es­tab­lish­ing a rhyth­mic, con­nected, re­laxed yet en­er­getic trot on a large cir­cle. She sits qui­etly in the sad­dle, main­tain­ing a straight line from her shoul­der to the back of her el­bow to her hip bone and the back of her heel while al­low­ing her up­per arm to fall nat­u­rally from her shoul­der so she can cre­ate a straight line from her el­bow to her horse’s mouth. She has es­tab­lished what’s known as “po­si­tion right”—the cor­rect de­gree of in­side bend to the right for this size cir­cle—by drop­ping a lit­tle more weight down through her right hip, seat bone, thigh and lower leg, which are po­si­tioned slightly ahead of her left leg.

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To ask San­ford to fol­low her hand and in­crease his bend to the in­side, she uses an open lead­ing in­side rein, bend­ing and mov­ing her in­side el­bow back while mov­ing her hand away from his neck. At the same time, she sup­ports him with her in­side leg so he doesn’t fall in on the cir­cle, and po­si­tions her legs, hands and seat bones on ei­ther side of his body to cre­ate a cor­ri­dor for his en­ergy to flow through. To be ideal, her in­side hand could be a lit­tle lower and his poll a bit higher.

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