12-20-2012, 05:41 PM
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I like trail work for this kind of thing....not just down the road or on flat ground, but I ride in wooded hillsides, over logs, up and down creek banks and up and down creek beds (lotsa water practice there!), along with riding on some flat areas as well. Riding in thickly wooded areas is not only good for keeping your horse focused on you for guidance, but it helps to make them more supple as they bend around trees, step over rocks and logs, etc.
I only have a round pen here at home, so these are the things I do to keep myself and my horse sharp minded, soft bodied, and paying attention at all times.