If you read my blog regularly you will know that I sometimes struggle to make my schooling sessions interesting. I have been trying to find new exercises and have a great book which gives me suggestions of things to try ........................
I recently read an article in a magazine 'Your Horse' from May that was a lesson in 'How to lighten the forehand' with Ruth Edge (the eventer). According to the article it is common for ex racehorses to work on their forehand. This is something I didn't know although it is something that Basil and I are working on! Interestingly she talked about transitions being a great way to improve this by encouraging a horse's hindlegs to come through.
I have been working on an exercise with transitions on Basil. Ruth suggest doing quick transitions so 6 strides of walk and 6 strides of trot. This is similar to what we have been trying but the biggest problem I have is that Basil tends to get a bit excited if we do lots of transitions. He is also not always that quick to react to my aids to slow down!
I also think we will have to work up our fitness to be able to canter these small circles as they are quite hard work!
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