I have been reading on here that a great way to help with balance, footing, and help building muscle is trotting over poles (correct me if I am wrong).
I set 3 poles up in the arena to lunge Thunder over today. I set them up so they were in 3 equal positions around the circle. We have never really done this exercise, so I had him walk over them first and then we did some walk/trot/whoa/ reverse. Several times he either kicked the poles or stepped on them, or tripped lol. There were times though when I noticed it was helping him "spring" up a bit more with lifting his feet.
Question is.. am I doing this exercise correctly? Also, is it normal for a young/green horse to stumble over them at first and will he get better at it?