Join Date: May 2010
Location: Queensland, Australia
I do one lap of the arena in walk, encouraging long and low. Then I bump it up to trot, keeping that loose rein. I generally do a huge oval around the arena, asking her to lengthen along the long sides and slow down on the short side. After two goes in each direction, I start working on transitions. Four strides walk, four strides trot. I do a lap twice in each direction, still with that long rein. Then I'll work in changing her frame in walk and trot, going a few strides in long and low, and then asking her to carry herself for a few strides. Then I'll do several arena size figure 8s in canter on a long rein, changing leads through trot, then walk, then halt and then a flying change once both direction. Then I'll put her in almost a working frame and then do four more laps of transitions: walk/trot, trot/canter, canter/walk, walk/canter, canter/trot, trot/walk and occasionally halt and reinback. Then I'll begin my workout.
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