Counting Strides on a Circle Over Poles or Jumps

This exercise is great for all levels of riders and can be geared for beginners through advanced.  Use ground poles or jumps. Repeat the exercise both directions.

Set Up:

Place two ground poles or jumps (height depending on skills of horse/rider) across from each other on a large circle. 


Riders need to count the number of strides in between the poles as they ride the circle. The goal is for the rider to keep the same number of strides in between each jump every time they go around the circle. This can be done at a walk, trot, and canter.

The exercise can be made more challenging by having riders shorten/lengthen their horse's stride to change the number of strides on the circle.

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