The clover leaf exercise: Place four small verticals or crossrails in a + shape. Start by trotting the first one then circling left, trotting the next one, and so on. Focus on balance, rhythm, and turning from the outside aids.
I have several riders this session that are working on lateral balance, not leaning, and initiating or helping their horse turn by using their eyes to look in that direction and eventually the reins. The other day I started using this pattern and discovered a whole lot of progressive uses for it. This time I … Continue reading →