ESSENTIAL TIPS THAT BENEFIT BOTH HORSE AND RIDER
- Try and arrange for a friend to help and adjust the poles for you.
- Always use more than two poles as the horse may try to jump both rather than trotting through them.
- Inexperienced horses may stumble a little to begin with, however do not override them or become flustered, be patient they will sort their feet out.
- Adjust distances gradually, do not make your horse overstretch too soon as they will not be able to maintain a constant stride pattern therefore defeating the object of the exercise.
- If your horse your horse begins to rush into the poles use half halts on approaching the poles or gently trot around in a circle to relax the horses and steady the pace.
- The positive trot should be maintained after exiting the poles, use the power to elevate the trot in a compact frame.
- Sit up straight and do not look at the poles, keep a constant contact with a light hand to allow the horse freedom of movement in the head and neck.