Improve your horse's rhythm and balance
In the second part of our Train with Piggy series we cover the importance of riding with rhythm and balance.
Adjust his canter over poles
This exercise uses two poles on the floor set out in a straight line on a random distance. You don't need to stride out a distance as you’re going to vary your horse’s canter stride between the two poles.
This is a great way to teach your horse to shorten and lengthen his canter stride. It also helps you keep your horse between your hand and leg, while still having a good quality canter which will improve his balance too.
Click on the link below to watch Piggy ride the exercise.
Bounce grid on a curve
This second exercise is uses a grid of three bounce fences in a corner of your schooling area. This is a progressive exercise, which starts with just poles on the ground building up to three fences. This gymnastic exercise helps your horse to develop a powerful and rhythmical canter. It’s also tests your ability to stay in balance over fences. Building this grid on a curve makes it quite challenging, but it will really help to encourage your horse to bring his hindleg under his body and lighten his forehand.
Click on the video below to watch Piggy ride this exercise.