There are hundreds, even thousands, of different exercises we can ride when schooling our horses. Often riders think that they have to get more and more complicated with their exercises in order to make progress in their riding. However, I personally believe that, for the most part, simple works better.
In this episode of the Daily Strides Podcast, I want to show you how to work on the same exercise, using two different filters
This episode of the Daily Strides Podcast has been plucked from a week of lessons from Daily Strides Premium called “Examples of Different Filters to Vary Your Exercises”. The full week of lessons are available right now when you join Connection
The exercise we are going to work on for this example with be a simple three looped serpentine. I want to show you how you can use this exercise in lots of different ways.
Keeping your riding interesting doesn’t need to be complicated; a single exercise can have so many uses
The Different Filters for this Exercise
The first filter will be your position in the saddle. Specifically, your position while riding the three-looped serpentine. There are many different points throughout the movement itself where you can ‘check in’ with how effective your position is.
The key to using a specific filter or focus is to remember to continue to track it throughout the exercise – and not to become distracted with something else!
The second filter is that of influence. I suggest riding the same exercise, the 3 looped serpentines, but this time notice how well you can positively influence the horse. Your focus will be on how well your horse is going, and how you are communicating with your horse in order to maintain or improve this throughout the exercise.
Shift, in your mind, where your focus is as you begin preparing to ride the exercise again through the new filter
I suggest choosing different filters that complement each other when planning out your exercises. And, of course, make sure that they are working towards your long-term goals with your horse.
Make sure you listen to this episode of the Daily Strides Podcast (it will be available to play at the beginning of this post) to hear all the details.
This episode comes from a full week of lessons on this topic. In this group of lessons, we will take one exercise and look at how we can approach using it and riding it through a whole host of different filters. I also try to take ‘complementary’ filters in each episode, so that you can build ‘themes’ for your months – which will lead to greater progress in your riding
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