Riding a Circle vs the Corner in the Dressage Arena
With an understanding of the spatial relationship of a circle in a dressage arena let’s look at some tools to help horse’s and rider’s riding through the corner. Use cones to create a path and define the difference between a corner and a circle. On the ground start in the corner and measure 9 feet from the wall where the corners meet. Place a cone at your feet. Do this for each corner and in the center of the arena using an imaginary line from B to E.
Once mounted you begin this exercise on the path between the arena wall and the cone, this is your corner. The path inside the cones is your 20 meter circle. Start this exercise at the walk keeping your training pyramid in mind. Look for a rhythmically relaxed walk and follow the path of the corners then at A or C move off the track and try the circle. While working the circle set a goal to keep your horse the same all the way, around the circle. This means the same pace and the same bend.
On a circle, you maintain the same bend all the way around to achieve a round circle. Always take the time to teach yourself and your horse the exercise at the walk before trying the trot or canter. Once you have achieved this goal reward and take note of your horses physical and mental state before starting a new challenge. If your horse is fatigued mentally or physically call it a good day!