Step 1: Walk Par­al­lel To the Ditch

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Choose a sim­ple ditch with enough space around it for ma­neu­ver­ing. Ap­proach the ditch from a dis­tance at the walk, pre­par­ing to ride a line par­al­lel to it but still sev­eral feet away.

1. Start with a quiet, com­fort­able walk with horse’s body par­al­lel the ditch.

2. Turn horse’s head to the right 5–6 inches.

3. Make sure horse’s body is par­al­lel to the ditch.

4. Turn right.

5. Make a large left turn and cir­cle back to the ditch.

6. Walk back to­ward the ditch with horse’s body par­al­lel to it.

7. Turn horse’s head to the right 5–6 inches.

8. Turn right, make a large left turn and cir­cle back to the ditch.

9. Re­peat sev­eral times, grad­u­ally mov­ing the par­al­lel line closer to the ditch un­til you’re within 2 or 3 feet of it.

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