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        01-31-2010, 02:51 AM
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    Ow! That does not sound fun CJ82Sky! Glad you're back in action though.
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    I like the transitions in the serpentine exercise! I'll have to try it with Zeus. We definitely can't do enough transitions. Need lots of work on those. What I've been doing lately, (that is very similar) is to do trot/canter/trot, and walk/canter/walk transitions on a circle, usually about 20m. As well as trot work in a 20m circle, spiraling in to a 10m and leg yielding out to the 20m again. It's harder then it seems! Especially the trot/canter/trot transitions for me and Zeus. We can do walk/canter just fine, but trot/canter is a completely different story, ha ha.
    i LOVE spiral ins spiral outs!!!
         
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        01-31-2010, 02:54 AM
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    I tried the canter-trot serpentine transitions the other day. He actually did really well at it. I was pleasantly surprised. It did expose the whole stiff side/weak side thing that we have to tune up after each winter. We have a bit of work to do on our overall evenness.

    Glad you guys all like this one :) I love it. It's a lot harder than it sounds but sooo good to keep from getting bored in the cold weather b/c there is SO much to work on so even though my indoor is small, it's something we can def do all winter long and keep tweaking to work for the horse as you progress!!!

    Any other ideas? I'd love to hear more exercises!!!
         
        01-31-2010, 04:42 PM
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    I like to play 2 poles. Place two ground poles about 27' apart. Trot over the first one and then make a pefectly round circle, come back over the first pole and proceed onto pole number 2 and do it again. Same with canter. Sounds easy, doesn't it?
         
        02-01-2010, 12:37 AM
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    I like to play 2 poles. Place two ground poles about 27' apart. Trot over the first one and then make a pefectly round circle, come back over the first pole and proceed onto pole number 2 and do it again. Same with canter. Sounds easy, doesn't it?
    ooh I need to try it!
         
        02-01-2010, 06:23 PM
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    Trained
    My horse and I have the attention spans of gnats, so here's another one. Four poles placed in a square, making a 9' box. For warmup, trot in and out, canter in and out, figure 8's to change direction, whatever floats your boat. To ramp up the level of difficulty, transition from trot to canter or canter to trot while inside the box. Gives you one shot to time it perfectly. If you're feeling really good about your riding, halt your horse inside the box at all 3 gaits.
         

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