#102 Ride straight lines

Is this a helpful exercise?

Instructions:

  1. Use something on the ground to help you identify a straight line.  This could be a mowed line in a field, some cones set up, or the quarter-line in your arena (using mirrors or the rafters for guidance)
  2. Turn onto the line and attempt to keep your horse walking along it.

Tip: Use your legs to push the horse’s torso from side to side.

Tip: Use the reins minimally, just to keep the horse’s head straight ahead.

Repeat:  Two lines going uphill, two lines going downhill, or five minutes.

Appropriate Gaits:  Walk

Optional Focus:  Try using your body weight, reins, and legs to form ‘barriers’ from side to side, encouraging the horse to respect that boundary.  Think of making a fence, not pushing your horse with it.

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