Improve his canter
First, use five poles on the line of a circle. It helps you to practise seeing a stride to your first pole, improves your horse’s canter and can help to settle him into an even rhythm.
How to ride it
SET IT UP: This exercise is ridden on a 20m circle. At the top of your school or paddock, place five canter poles (or as many as you have) three yards apart, following the line of your circle. a) Go large around your arena in trot. b) Ride onto your 20m circle. c) Trot over the middle of your poles; you should get two of your horse’s footfalls in between each pole. d) Ride over the poles twice. e) Change the rein and repeat. f) Repeat the exercise, this time moving up to canter. g) Canter over the poles, bouncing over them, sitting up tall in the saddle.
Take it up a gear into canter, aiming to bounce over the poles
First t rot ove r the poles t o familiarise your horse with the ex ercise