Basic Riding School Movements to Include in Your Daily Horse Training
By Laura at The Hunter Judge
Back to basic horse training and riding school movements for the winter schooling months. Basic horse training riding school movements such as circles, turns and changes of rein can go a long way to assist you with your horse development.
Get the most from a horse training session by using schooling figures. Riding a variety of figures ensures that you develop the horse in a supple and consistent fashion.
Lateral Suppling Exercises
Start with an Even Rhythm
Horse training exercises for lateral suppleness include:
- Changes of rein
- Leg yields
- Shoulder in
It is important to remember that you need to train both sides of your horse. If you feel that your horse is more supple in one direction than another your horse training sessions should include more lateral suppleness on the horses stiff side. Lateral suppleness means the ability of the horse to bend from side to side from ears to tail.
Top 3 Points to Remember When Training Your Horse
When performing these horse training exercises it is important to remember to concentrait on the:
- Quality of the gait. This means that the rhythm of the horse must remain the same. If you are troting it means that the 1-2 , 1-2, 1-2 beat of the trot stays even. If the rhthym changes it identifies a fundamental training ’hole’. Keeping the rhythm is important. To establish and maintain your rhythm concentrate on the foot falls of the horse. It is the riders responsibility to keep the horse’s rhythm. Everything the rider does influences the horse and can either -establish, maintain or distroy the horses rhythm.
- Quality of the movement being performed. This means if you are riding a circle, then it should be a good circle. If you have a crummy circle, it doesn’t matter how wonderful you are riding and how great the horse is moving.
- Quality of your position. If you look good but your horse isn’t moving correctly or performing the circle or riding school movement properly then it doesn’t matter.
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