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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. 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 fence for too…

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