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Crazy Eights Circle Exercise

Have you been searching for an exercise to sharpen both your horse’s and your own focus and responsiveness in the arena? This variation of a figure-eight pattern exercise is designed to help refine advanced manoeuvres as well as identify and fix any problem areas. The Pattern The basics of this exercise include: Step 1: Canter a circle that starts and ends at the centre of the arena. Any size will work, but I like to use half the arena. Step 2: Stop your horse at the centre of the arena. Step 3: Back your horse until he backs freely with his feet, and is soft in the bridle. Step 4: Do a rollback in the same direction of the circle you just cantered. Step 5: Canter in the same direction as the original circle, but at the other side of the centre point of the arena. Repeat steps 1 through…

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