Appropriate gaits: Walk, Trot, Canter
Stand in your stirrups and balance in a vertical stance (not a deep 2-point) while performing school figures.
Time: 5 minutes (or stop when you get tired)
Tip: Extend your lower arms up the neck for better balance. Most riders balance best with their hands about 1 foot behind the horse’s ears.
Focus: Allow movement through your ankles, knees, and hips without tensing.
Focus: Use your legs to impart more impulsion and vertical movement.
Focus: Balance without using your hands against neck.
Focus: Keep your back filled out and your chest facing forward.
Focus: Don’t move your hands away from the neck, even when steering.
Good for: Creating impulsion with your legs. Rider balance. Independent hands.