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Counter Arc

This exercise helps to make a soft, supple horse with maneuverable hips and shoulders.  It will make him use a different part of his brain and keep him attentive.  This is a great drill to do as a foundation drill and to really emphasize when you are having certain problems.

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Backside 360

Apply this drill when your horse needs to soften up on the backside of a turn.  If he is leaving too soon, blowing off and out of a turn or going by a turn.   You can do it at each barrel if there is a problem at each, otherwise just do the maneuver on the […]

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3 360’s

A great training drill to get your your horse snappy, soft and responsive on the backside of the barrel.  Keeps them free moving into the turn, but locked on the turn helping to leave with power.

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Perfect Circle to a “T”

If you are looking for a fool proof way to obtain a perfect circle, here is a great place to start.  Some horses (and their riders) tend to be “circular challenged”.  This exercise will help you nail that perfect circle.   Perfect circles are really important.

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Shoulder Up Backing – Counter Release

This gets a horse really soft in the face for backing, helps them become very aware of where their feet are and gets them very maneuverable.   Similar to hip in backing drill with a different release point.

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Air Power

This drill is a good workout for your horse creating lung capacity and muscle strength and stamina.

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Reverse 8

This drill helps with your horses suppleness and maneuverability. It will help them become more aware of their own body placement. This drill will open up their shoulders, soften their ribs and face.

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Reverse Circle Weaves

This helps to keep your horse maneuverable and supple through the shoulders. It will help him to accept and understand your leg and rein cues as well.

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Double 8’s

This drill will help your horse learn speed control along with a change in direction. It will help teach him to stay soft and supple while doing so.

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The Butterfly

This drill improves your horses maneuverability and works on his ability to shoulder in and out when asked.  Excellent for small spaces, slow speed and undesirable ground conditions.

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