Take Your Circle Work To The Next Level! Add Variety, Understand Your Aids, Offer Clarity!

Take Your Circle Work To The Next Level! Add Variety, Understand Your Aids, Offer Clarity!


– And then as I come to this cone, he’s bending and shaping right. What I’m doing with my
legs is the leg closest to the cone is forward. And the leg furthest from the cone is back but then in between the cones
I end up shifting my legs. So my new inside leg or my new cone leg comes forward and my
outside leg comes back. So left leg forward, right leg back. Now I come to this cone and I go right leg forward left leg back. You’ll notice that as I’m doing this, my horse is changing his bend and shape as he is coming through. And I’m exaggerating this a little bit. So my hands on the circle are moving because my
shoulders are moving. So my right shoulder comes back. And then my left shoulder comes back. So the shoulder closest to the
cone is coming back slightly. That’s moving my hands. Now if my horse doesn’t respond, what I’m going to do is squeeze that rein as though I’m squeezing a sponge to get a little more bend. So I’m going to squeeze that rein. Now it’s going to be very important that whatever you take on the inside you are allowing on the outside. So the outside rein needs to come forward to allow your horse to
make that shape change or make that bend change. If you’re holding on the outside, you’re going to be creating
a lot of resistance. And that resistance is going to show up in their head, neck, jaw, shoulders. Now let’s talk a little
bit about your weight. So your weight is going
to the side of the cone. So my weight’s a little
bit in the right seatbone as my right leg’s forward. And now my weight’s little
bit in the left seatbone as my left leg comes forward. So I’m doing a little shift of my weight. That’s real important because if I hold, again I’m going to create tension
and bracing in their body. And I hadn’t mentioned that earlier as I was riding this
exercise but it would be the same thing when you’re weaving. It’s a ask and a release, a ask and a release. It’s got some feel. What I’m going to do is
just talk a little bit and we’ll finish up for the day. This is a exercise that is going to get you riding every stride. Get one piece at a time. And then you can start
putting it all together. Okay have fun with this exercise. And until next time happy riding. Wait wait, one more thing. Hey if you’re watching this on Facebook, please give us a thumbs up. Share it with a friend. Take a friend in the comments below if you think they might
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