How to ride it cor­rectly

It may be a more ad­vanced move­ment, but it’s a great ex­er­cise to im­prove your horse’s col­lec­tion and sup­ple­ness. Fol­low dres­sage rider and trainer El­iz­a­beth Allen’s ad­vice and your horse will soon feel the ben­e­fits

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PIROU­ETTE IS A lat­eral move­ment that can be rid­den in walk or can­ter. It’s first seen in dres­sage tests at medium level, where you’re asked to ride a half pirou­ette in walk. In this move­ment your horse turns around on his in­side hind­leg with his two front feet and the other hind foot mov­ing around it in the shape of a cir­cle. When rid­den cor­rectly, a walk pirou­ette can help to teach your horse col­lec­tion. It de­vel­ops your horse’s abil­ity to take more weight onto his hindquar­ters and lighten his fore­hand. It can also im­prove his sup­ple­ness and bal­ance.

What is a walk pirou­ette

When you ride a walk pirou­ette your horse should be bent in the di­rec­tion of the pirou­ette move­ment. His in­side hind foot forms the base of the pirou­ette, mov­ing up and down on the spot or just frac­tion­ally trav­el­ling for­wards. Your horse’s out­side hind foot moves around the in­side hind in the shape of a small cir­cle, while his two forelegs move in a larger cir­cle on the outer edge of the pirou­ette. Your horse should stay in bal­ance and rhythm and be en­gaged be­hind through­out the move­ment. Use El­iz­a­beth’s ex­er­cises to pre­pare you and your horse for rid­ing your first walk pirou­ette.

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