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Flat Circles, what are they and how do I fix them?

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    05-03-2012, 07:14 AM
I like riding them octagonal, franknbeans, but usually once I've got more collection and have good control of the horse's shoulders, so that I can do a slight turn on the haunches at each corner of the shape. Really great exercise for controlling and lifting the shoulders.
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    05-03-2012, 08:53 AM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
I like to ride my 20m circles initially as a diamond shape instead of a circle.
Teacher says no! You're riding a rhombus! A diamond isn't a shape! LOL! Sorry, doing my maths part of my teaching degree, couldn't resist
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    05-03-2012, 09:37 PM
Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
Teacher says no! You're riding a rhombus! A diamond isn't a shape! LOL! Sorry, doing my maths part of my teaching degree, couldn't resist
Too complicated for my poor little brain :P I'll stick with a diamond, kind of a sideways square therefore, it will do!
    05-03-2012, 11:28 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for all the great ideas . Can't wait to be home so I can try them out!
    05-08-2012, 06:19 AM
I had to do some major practice myself last night on this same thing. I don't seemt o have a problem riding the circle at E and B..my problem is at A and C as I can't seem to get that "go into your corners" out of my head and tend to follow the track too long.

I did it the way others here have mentioned. I visually mapped out the circle, coming off the track at A (or C) and then working to hit the four "points" at evenly spaced intervals around the circle so the bottom part of the circle was exactly even with the top portion of the circle..in other words, I hit the track exactly at A for the top of the circle and exactly at X for the bottom of the circle (or C and X depending on where I was in the arena :) ) then touching the track again exactly halfway between B and M or H and E.

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