Skill two: Improve flexibility
The more supple your horse is through his body, the better he’ll be able to execute tight turns with balance and precision, helping you to go clear. “Horses are very often more supple on one rein than the other,” explains Yazmin. “It’s important to work them equally, as you’ll be working on both reins in a jump-off.”
How to ride it
a) On the right rein, canter a 20m circle.
b) Use your inside leg and hand to encourage your horse to flex his head to the inside of the circle.
c) As you canter round, keep him between your leg and hand to maintain the rhythm of the canter.
d) Canter around the circle twice, maintaining flexion to the inside.
e) Straighten your horse up, change the rein and repeat on the left rein.
Use your inside leg and hand to encourage your horse to move his head towards the inside of a circle
When your horse flexes to the inside, soften your hand to release the pressure on the inside rein as a reward
Canter your horse on a 20m circle
Practising tight turns teaches your horse to balance himself