arena, understand the space
you have. Make your loops
even and your circles round
so your figures have proper
dimensions to them. Focus on
that as well as where you place
2. Simple circles.
“Ten-meter circles are a
super tool for suppling,” says
Becker. She recommends an exercise using a series of three or four
small (10-meter) circles spaced
down the long side of an arena.
Ride each circle at the trot, and
as you approach the wall, make a
downward transition to the walk.
The wall helps set up the horse
for a more balanced downward
transition. Green horses can work
advanced horses can perform
this exercise at the canter with
downward transitions to the trot
“Adding multiple circles with
transitions helps the horse’s
suppleness [and] obedience to the
forward and slowing aids, and the
repetitive nature of the exercise
creates relaxation,” says Becker.
Patterns incorporating both
leg-yielding and circles also
sharpen the horse to the aids. “I’m
a big advocate for the leg-yield,
even with upper-level dressage
horses,” says Becker. “It’s a
great exercise to get the horse’s
shoulders and back loosened up.”
Ride a leg-yield from the corner
n ex-e or four advanced horses can perform 3. Leg-yields.
fresh and fun.