Arena Work and Gaiting
Hello. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays.
With 2018 coming to an end and 2019 (Wow!) just around the corner, I thought I'd start a little (not by much) early with the old cliché/New Year resolutions.
This year I have really been working in arena. It has been going... okayish.... There is still a lot we could improve on, so I'd like to continue into 2019. However, my horse an I aren't really... "arena-ers." We'd much rather be on the trail or something.... I was wondering what are some things we could do to "spice it up?" Unfortunately, we only have one (singular) pole - not really enough to do some cavaletti (cavalletti). (Did you know that the singular form of cavaletti (cavalletti) is cavaletto?) We did some "jumping", but the highest was maybe about a foot (0.30 m) high, and, uh... she is not a "jumper." lel
What are some exercises we could do at a gait (TWH. I don't know the gait, as I haven't really looked.)?
She can walk "circles" (*cough* ovals), do lateral work, straightness, shorten and extend, whatever.... When I gait her, she goes really well straight, shortening and lengthening, and sort-of can do some lateral. However, when I try and do anything on a curve, her head, neck, body, and hindquarters goes in four different directions, gets stiff, and sometimes kind-of pacey, or her gait gets messed up completely. (She can kind-of do it on a lunge-line, though she does it better free-lunging....) The only curve that I kind-of like and she does kind-of well is her figure 8's and baby serpentines. It's a decent sized arena, so it's not like I'm asking her in a really small space. Is that more of a gaited thing or her thing? (It's not a health thing.) If it is more of her thing, what are some things I could do to help her? If not, then I can just transition back down to a walk, but, you know, it'd be nice.... I'm not really looking to do endless circles or anything, but I would kind-of like to be able to go around a curve without... all *that*....
When asking for her to canter, I usually ask it from a walk. Is that right? I've heard it is "easier"/"better" for them than to ask when they are gaiting.
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by α CMa; 12-24-2018 at 11:47 PM.