Exercise 3 TRANSITIONS FOR SUPPLENESS
Transitions — lots of them — are key exercises in developing balance and suppleness. “Although transitions are something we do all the time when we’re schooling, we don’t always think too much about them,” says Katie. “For them to be useful, they have to be executed correctly, so always ride them with purpose.”
How to ride it
1 In walk, on a circle or straight line, ask your horse to halt, keeping your hands light so he doesn’t fall onto his forehand. 2 Halt for four seconds, then ask for walk — ideally you want an immediate response, but you may not get this straightaway. Repeat several times. 3 Try the same with walk to trot transitions, walking for four strides before trotting. Aim for a walk that is rhythmical and purposeful, and a clean upwards transition.
The more transitions you do, the better