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8 Great Four-Pole Exercises

Remember, you don’t need to always jump ‘big’ to train for the questions that course designers ask at shows. (And yes, dressage horses can benefit doing poles and little jumps as well.) All of these exercises are designed for the canter, are great group exercises, and most can be used for leadliners and walk/trotters as well (not the Bending Bounce Massacre though). Good luck and have fun with them! Exercise Goal: Balance and Bending Pinwheel of Death A terrible nickname for a great exercise! The poles can be placed on a 20m (65’7”) diameter circle to start with, and decrease the size of the circle once you build collection and balance with your horse. The inside edge of each pole should be about 16.5m (54’) apart on either side of the circle. Start with poles on the ground and then try making them cavaletti height. You should get about four…

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