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The Responsibility Circle

The last article in this series is called the Responsibility Circle. This is a great exercise to help any type of horse gain more focus and responsibility – meaning the horse stays mentally in a manoeuvre without you having to micromanage his speed and direction. It is especially useful for horses that anticipate, don’t stay committed to a circle or want to go too fast. It follows the principle of causing the wrong thing to be difficult and allowing the right thing to be easy. The Responsibility Circle: To Start Begin trotting your horse on a circle about 40 feet (approximately 12 metres) in diameter. The circle can be any size, depending on your needs, but 40 feet is a good size to start with. Most arenas are at least 70 feet or wider, so a 40 feet circle will allow you to not rely on the arena walls or…

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