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
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.