This exercise can be preformed at the walk, trot and
Level of Difficulty on a scale of 1- 10 = 1
The idea behind this exercise is to develop control and
contact on this larger circle. This is a beginner level exercise. Start with a long forward walk to figure out the path for a round even circle. As you are finding this path keep your eyes forward and on the path of the circle. Use your eyes and aids find the correct line of the circle
Next check your body position. Sit up straight and allow your body to follow the curve established with your eyes. Use your inside rein by squeezing and releasing to guide your horse around the curve of the circle. Allow the outside rein to follow the bend through his neck and body. Maintain contact with the outside rein and when necessary use the rein to control the forward impulsion and the amount of bend in your horses neck.
After you have established a forward round circle pattern prepare your horse for an upward transition. Sit up, maintain the contact on the reins and close your leg. As your horse steps forward into the transition stay on the 20 meter circle path, remember to keep your eyes forward on the circle's true round path.
Work on establishing a consistent soft contact with your horses mouth, keeping your inside leg lightly on the side of your horse to make the inside hind active. Make your outside leg active to add more energy when necessary and to prevent his hindquarters from swinging to the outside of the circle. Allow your weight to shift to the inside seat bone and inside stirrup. And use your seat to encourage and maintain forward impulsion.
As you ride remember to avoid exhausting yourself. Take a note on how you feel. If you feel great try a variation on the 20 meter circle change rein, or try another upward transition. If you need a moment to catch your breath then find a quite opportunity for a downward transition to a walk, then throw your horse the reins and enjoy a breather.Variations:
exercise can be ridden with various transitions both upward and
downward; Walk > Trot, Trot > Canter, Walk > Canter, Walk
> Walk, Working Trot > Medium Trot. The direction of the
circles can vary with a few straight steps before changing your bend.Goals:
Develop effectiveness of the riders aids
and obedience, balance and suppleness in the horse. To encourage
forward movement through the transitions and to train the rider to understand the geometry of a 20 meter circle .Prepare:
Establish a rhythmic forward pace on the 20 m circle establish bend,
forward movement and straightness. When these goals are established
and the horse is in front of your leg add transitions and changes of direction maintaining balance and forward impulsion.