POLE WORK

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.

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