Exercise No. 2:
This routine emphasizes quality and
precision by repeating the best parts
of a circle: the first half. It asks riders
to execute a perfect half-circle and
then ride forward down the arena
to do it again, thereby preserving
forward energy and alignment.
It keeps the rider’s and horse’s balance and bend correct by not leaving
them on the circle so long it falls
apart. This simple little routine can
help horses learn to organize themselves well, especially in the canter.
❚ Begin in a working trot or canter
at A, tracking right.
❚ Proceed down the rail to E and
ride a 20-meter half-circle to B.
❚ At B, proceed straight ahead.
❚ At A, ride a 20-meter half-circle.
❚ Proceed around the arena to B
and ride a 20-meter half-circle.
In between each half-circle, run
through your checklist of items to
get organized: How is the horse’s
rhythm? Are you looking forward?
Is the contact equal in both reins? Is
the horse’s gait remaining steady from
the half-circle to the straight line and
then back to the half-circle?