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11/28/23-22:14
Found this exercise in a polework training book. Purpose:
Found this exercise in a polework training book. Purpose: Increases symmetry, stride awareness, and body control. 1. With the inside edge of the poles raised to a height of 12-16 inches, set up four to six poles in a fan shape as shown. Space the raised inside ends of the poles approximately 1 foot apart; set the wider ends 4ยฝ feet apart. 2. Begin by riding around the narrow end of poles at the walk. Ask your horse to take just a single step between each pole (fig. 1.3 A). 3. Maintain a clear bend to the inside by applying light pressure with your inside leg. 4. Circle around to cross the poles again, but now move over to the wider end of the pole fan (fig. 1.3 B). 5. Ask for two steps between each set of poles while maintaining inside bend. Really ask your horse to extend his strides as you cross this end of the poles. 6. Circle around again, but now go back to the raised, narrow end, and be sure to get just a single step between each pole. 7. Continue circling over the poles, alternating which end you cross over and the number of steps between each pole as described above. This exercise should feel like taking the horse back and forth from a finely controlled collected walk to a big extended walk. It will highlight any instability in his pelvis, though, so do not be surprised if he struggles with the footwork.