02-02-2010, 02:08 PM
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There are a bunch of exercises you can do, but counter arc circles are good to start with:
Put horse on a circle at the trot. When you close the circle ride the horse in the opposite direction, (figure eight, but holding the same body position. This is hard work, so release on one correct step going back to the original direction/same as bend and build until the horse can hold the counter bend around the second circle.
Keep the circles large at first as that is easier for the horse. As the horse becomes better, when you put them on the counter bend and spiral down. If at any point in the spiral the horse seems to struggle, let him go on the original circle/same as bend.
When the horse can spiral all the way down on a reverse arc and settles into the spin, hold for only as long as the horse can and then come back out on original circle/same as bend. When the horse can hold one turn with the counter bend, with each new turn start bringing head straight and then into direction of the turn. Then take horse out on circle with new correct bend.
Keep the trot going and if the horse breaks to the walk or stops you asked for too much too soon. Drive him out and start again. Important to keep forward movement and maintain cadence.
Man, did you want to do a dressage style turn on the haunches?