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Benefits of CirclesWhy should you even bother with riding in circles? The obvious is that it loosens your horse’s muscles. It also stretches both sides of their body. When lounging or riding on a circle, you can also quickly redirect a distracted horse. Furthermore, the rider can work on their own abilities. They must maintain effective aids in order to stay on a round circle. It’s very easy for a horse to fall in or out, thus creating a lopsided shape.
Basic AidsAs the rider, you’ll need to use your hands, legs, and seat effectively. Follow these tips!
- Inside leg remains at the girth. It encourages forward movement and asks for a bend.
- Inside hand asks for a slight bend in the neck.
- Outside leg positions behind the girth. This prevents the hindquarters from popping out of the circle.
- Outside hand controls the pace, while preventing the horse from over-bending.
- Hips and shoulders stay upright and parallel to the horse’s.