Piggy French helps your create an adjustable canter

This exercise uses two poles on the ground, set out in a straight line on a random distance. 

Piggy French canter poles

There's no need to stride out a distance as you're going to vary your horse's canter stride between each pole.

This exercise is a great and fun way to teach your horse to shorten and lengthen his canter stride. It also helps you keep your horse between hand and leg, while still having a good quality canter, which will improve his balance too. 

Watch Piggy ride this exercise on Cooley Monsoon (who's owned by Jennifer Saunders).


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Harry Meade helps one reader improve her horse's jumping technique


Earlier this year, in partnership with feed manufacturer Dodson and Horrell two Your Horse magazine readers won our Goal Getter competition. 

One of winners, Charlotte Witcombe travelled from Southampton to Wiltshire with her horse Princess for their lesson with event rider Harry Meade. 

 Harry, Charlotte and Princess at the end of their jumping lesson

Harry, Charlotte and Princess at the end of their jumping lesson

Charlotte has her eyes firmly fixed on qualifying for the 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton with her horse Princess. 

The focus of their lesson was to help the ex-racehorse make a better shape over her fences. 

Harry uses several different exercises during the lesson to help both horse and rider to concentrate and ride accurately. 

By the end of the lesson there was a clear improvement and Harry's exercises could help your horse too.

Want to learn more about what the exercises Harry suggested? Check out the new issue of Your Horse magazine - on sale Thursday 28 June.