Appropriate Gaits: Walk, Trot
Take your feet out of the stirrups. Perform the following at the sitting trot:
Walk-Trot and Trot-Walk transitions.
Halt-Trot and Trot-Halt transitions (a few walk steps are OK)
School figures such as 20m circles and changes of direction.
Time: 5 minutes or until tired. Take frequent walk breaks!
Focus: Make sure you are not gripping with your knees and lower legs. The thighs can be used for stabilization.
Focus: Try to keep your reins steady and your hands independent.
Focus: Maintain the quality of your horse’s movement – forwardness, straightness, balance, and rhythm.
Tip: Losing your balance? It may help to “bicycle” your calves slightly with each beat. See exercise #9 Bicycling. Stretching your back upward can also help.
Good for: Rider conditioning, core balance, independent hands and legs.