Ex­er­cise 4 CIR­CLES TO SET­TLE

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“Cir­cles, es­pe­cially those of 20m di­am­e­ter, are a com­mon school­ing move­ment,” ex­plains Katie. “There’s a rea­son for that — they help im­prove many as­pects of your horse’s way of go­ing, in­clud­ing soft­ness, sup­ple­ness and en­gage­ment, but they have to be rid­den cor­rectly. “Rid­ing cir­cles is also use­ful when things are get­ting out of shape.”

How to ride it

1 With an in­ex­pe­ri­enced horse, stick with 20m cir­cles un­til he’s bal­anced enough to go smaller. 2 To start with, ride your cir­cle at one end of the school, us­ing the mark­ers to help you ride the cor­rect shape and size. 3 Keep your in­side leg on the girth to en­cour­age for­ward­ness and bend, and your out­side leg just be­hind it, in case your horse tries to swing his quar­ters out. n4 Your horse should bend through his en­tire frame. n5 Ride the move­ment on both reins and then go large, rid­ing a 20m cir­cle wher­ever and when­ever you want, chang­ing the rein of­ten — this helps to keep your horse in­ter­ested.

The hum­ble cir­cle is an ex­er­cise that helps to set­tle your horse if things are get­ting out of shape

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