30-minute work out

Need to im­prove your horse’s rhythm and phys­i­cal strength? Phys­io­ther­a­pist Brid­get Bazell and dres­sage pro Erin Or­ford share three pole ex­er­cises that will achieve just that

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En­gage his core us­ing poles

THE IDEAL HORSE is one who demon­strates a smooth gait in walk, trot and can­ter. To achieve this, you’ll need to work on your horse’s strength and bal­ance. The fol­low­ing work­out will help your horse strengthen his core and bal­ance his back end. Rais­ing the height of the poles will help your horse fo­cus on clear­ing them. This will help with his stride length and en­cour­age him to lift his legs higher. Be­fore you try each work­out, look at the cor­re­spond­ing di­a­gram to see how to set up the poles. As a start­ing point, you need a fan of poles (a) laid out in the top right cor­ner of your arena, just off the track, and four poles across the di­ag­o­nal (b) be­tween 4ft and 5ft apart, de­pend­ing on your horse’s stride length (see be­low). In ex­er­cise two you need to raise the poles at al­ter­nate ends.

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