Adapt his stride
As you approach a fence, it’s vital that you can adapt your horse’s stride to help him take off perfectly. To do this well, he’ll need to be listening to you and be quick to react to your aids.
How to ride it
SET IT UP: Place two poles at a random distance, on the three-quarter line of your school or paddock, as shown in the diagram (left). a) Ride large around your arena on the left rein, establishing a bouncy canter. b) Look towards your poles. c) Turn and canter straight towards your poles. d) As you go over the first pole, count the number of canter strides to the second. e) Next time around, lengthen or collect your horse’s stride to alter the number of strides between the poles by one. f) Repeat the exercise, each time either shortening or lengthening your horse’s canter stride. g) Change the rein and repeat. TOP TIP: Use your body rather than your hands as aids. This stops you pulling on your horse’s mouth and encourages your horse to respond to changes in your bodyweight. Lighten your seat when lengthening his stride and sit up and back in the saddle when shortening it.
After the first pole, count the number of strides to the second
Use your body weight to influence your horse’s stride
No set distance