Two Minute Training Tips – The Corner – A Universe of Opportunity
Riding corners happen a lot in arenas. Usually there are at least 4 of them. Some arenas that are oval or round have rounded corners. But in general, a horse must go through a corner at some point in their riding journey. Here is some easy corner exercises. First, put a cone in your corner about 3 feet away from the deepest point of the corner. When your ride closest to the point of the corner going to the left or the “right” of the cone – it’s a ‘corner’. You and your horse will make a turn around the cone. When you ride to the left of the cone and still traveling to the left you are the point farthest away from the corner – it’s part of a circle. Another fun exercise is to take 2-4 poles and create a fan shape of poles with their closest parts almost touching inside the arena. The poles create a fan shape and should have about 3-4 feet between each pole. Walk, trot and canter through those poles focusing on each pole’s ‘center’. Focus on keeping each step and stride of the horse the same as you go over the poles. It may help if you count out loud – 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, for the trot and 1-2-3, 1-2-3, for the canter. And there you have it! Some quick and easy exercises to improve riding the corner!
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