Schooling Exercise Library

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Circles with changing bend

This exercise helps with bending, suppleness, balance, core engagement, and coordination

Straight line with Head and Neck bend

Suppleness, coordination, balance, straightness, core strength

Canter Half-Pass, Counter Canter, Leg-Yield

This exercise will help with your horses suppleness, balance and stretch through the body.

Leg yield, shoulder in, leg yield

Balance, suppleness, engagement, core stability, obedience to aids

Travers/Renvers

suppleness, engagement, balance, collection, core stability, strength, flexion, pace quality.

Counter Canter Half-Pass

Balance, suppleness, strength, core stability, engagement, collection, flexion

The Transition Circle

Balance, suppleness, obedience, responsiveness to the aids, strength, coordination

Medium/Extended Lines

Balance, engagement, suppleness, core stability, strength, coordination

Half-Pass, Leg Yield, Half-Pass with transitions

Suppleness, regularity, fluency, balance, strength and looseness

Half-Pass/Leg yield exercise

Balance, suppleness, reaction to the riders leg, flexion, engagement.

Cantering the Chess Board

Balance, canter quality, flying changes, pirouettes, straightness

Canter Diamonds

Engagement, turning from the outside, balance, core strength, straightness, quality of the canter

Three circles

Balance, quality of pace, engagement, core stability, strength, suppleness and bend

Transitions within a pace on a line

Engagement, suppleness, obedience to the aid, transitions, core strength, balance and control

Opening and Closing the frame with Shoulder In

Balance, engagement, suppleness, quality of the trot, flexion and core stability

Canter Serpentines with a Simple Change or Flying Change

Suppleness, balance, straightness, transitions, engagement, flexion, bend, and core strength

Counter Canter Serpentine

Balance, bend, core strength, suppleness, canter quality and engagement

Canter Figures of Eight

Balance, suppleness, canter quality, the counter canter

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS ZIGZAG

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS TRIANGLE

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS SQUARE

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS SIMPLE CIRCLES

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS CORNER POLES

DEMI-VOLTES, LEG YIELDS AND HALF- PASSES

Suppleness and balance 
Control of the shoulders 
Control of the stride length 
Improving collection and sit 
Control of the rhythm

TRANSITIONS THROUGH LEG YIELD

Increased engagement of the hindquarters 
Improved positioning for transitions 
Improved core stability and strength 
Improved Balance

SERPENTINES WITH SHOULDER IN

Flexion and Bend 
Improved Suppleness and balance 
Changing of weight distribution 
Quicker acceptance of the riders aids

LEG YIELD SHOULDER IN/TRAVERS LEG YIELD

Obedience and focus 
Suppleness and acceptance of the aids 
Improved balance 
Acceptance of the leg

LEG YIELD & SHOULDER-IN ON A CIRCLE

Control and improving horse focus 
Balance and suppleness 
Encouraging stretch through the outside of the horse. 
Acceptance of the outside rein

LATERAL WORK ON A CIRCLE

Suppleness through the whole body 
Focus and concentration 
Core strength, stamina and control 
Fitness 
Balance 
Engagement and obedience

LEG YIELDS & ZIG-ZAGS

Coordination 
Balance and patience 
Changing weight and position quickly 
Improved Engagement

LEG YIELD - HALF PASS LEG YIELD

Suppleness 
Increased degree of engagement 
Constantly changing weight 
Core stability and strength 
Keeping balance whilst changing position

SHOULDER IN/SHOULDER OUT

Suppleness
Increased degree of engagement Constantly changing weight
Core stability and strength Quickly reacting to aids Suppleness 
Increased degree of engagement 
Constantly changing weight 
Core stability and strength 
Quickly reacting to aids

TRANSITIONS ON A CIRCLE

Suppleness of the legs and body

Engagement of the hind quarter

Bending through the whole of the horse

Balance

Core strength improvement

CIRCLE TO LEG YIELD

Timing of aids

Switching of balance

Switching of body position

Using weight aids to change direction

Changing from exercise to exercise relatively quickly

LOOPS ON THE EDGE

Improves suppleness through the whole horse.

Improves the horses balance

Getting the horse around the inside leg

Understanding different degrees of bend and curve.

RIDING SQUARES

The horse learns to take more weight on the hind legs.

This helps with rider accuracy with the aids

The horse learns to step his front legs around the rider

Energy and pace control

STRIDE CHALLENGE

Encouraging the horse to lengthen and shorten its frame.

Encouraging elasticity

Encouraging balance and suppleness.

A way of monitoring your horses ability and improvement ion collecting and lengthening

LEG YIELDS

Starting lateral works

Balance, suppleness and control

Core strength

Understanding the aids for lateral

Opening the shoulders

DEMI-VOLTES & CIRCLES

Helping to keep balance when constantly changing bend.

Suppleness and straightness

Keeping rhythm and fluidity throughout constant changes of bend/line.

SERPENTINES WITH CIRCLES

HELPS WITH

Understanding the riders leg aids

Getting the horse from bent to straight relatively quickly

Changing bends and flexion

Controlling the quarters

Getting the horse on the aid

SPIRALLING OUT

HELPS WITH

Acceptance of the riders inside leg

Encourages lateral movement

Understanding of the riders outside hand

Improving control over the horses shoulders.

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Circles with changing bend

This exercise helps with bending, suppleness, balance, core engagement, and coordination

Straight line with Head and Neck bend

Suppleness, coordination, balance, straightness, core strength

Canter Half-Pass, Counter Canter, Leg-Yield

This exercise will help with your horses suppleness, balance and stretch through the body.

Leg yield, shoulder in, leg yield

Balance, suppleness, engagement, core stability, obedience to aids

Travers/Renvers

suppleness, engagement, balance, collection, core stability, strength, flexion, pace quality.

Counter Canter Half-Pass

Balance, suppleness, strength, core stability, engagement, collection, flexion

The Transition Circle

Balance, suppleness, obedience, responsiveness to the aids, strength, coordination

Medium/Extended Lines

Balance, engagement, suppleness, core stability, strength, coordination

Half-Pass, Leg Yield, Half-Pass with transitions

Suppleness, regularity, fluency, balance, strength and looseness

Half-Pass/Leg yield exercise

Balance, suppleness, reaction to the riders leg, flexion, engagement.

Cantering the Chess Board

Balance, canter quality, flying changes, pirouettes, straightness

Canter Diamonds

Engagement, turning from the outside, balance, core strength, straightness, quality of the canter

Three circles

Balance, quality of pace, engagement, core stability, strength, suppleness and bend

Transitions within a pace on a line

Engagement, suppleness, obedience to the aid, transitions, core strength, balance and control

Opening and Closing the frame with Shoulder In

Balance, engagement, suppleness, quality of the trot, flexion and core stability

Canter Serpentines with a Simple Change or Flying Change

Suppleness, balance, straightness, transitions, engagement, flexion, bend, and core strength

Counter Canter Serpentine

Balance, bend, core strength, suppleness, canter quality and engagement

Canter Figures of Eight

Balance, suppleness, canter quality, the counter canter

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS ZIGZAG

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS TRIANGLE

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS SQUARE

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS SIMPLE CIRCLES

POLEWORK ESSENTIALS CORNER POLES

DEMI-VOLTES, LEG YIELDS AND HALF- PASSES

Suppleness and balance 
Control of the shoulders 
Control of the stride length 
Improving collection and sit 
Control of the rhythm

TRANSITIONS THROUGH LEG YIELD

Increased engagement of the hindquarters 
Improved positioning for transitions 
Improved core stability and strength 
Improved Balance

SERPENTINES WITH SHOULDER IN

Flexion and Bend 
Improved Suppleness and balance 
Changing of weight distribution 
Quicker acceptance of the riders aids

LEG YIELD SHOULDER IN/TRAVERS LEG YIELD

Obedience and focus 
Suppleness and acceptance of the aids 
Improved balance 
Acceptance of the leg

LEG YIELD & SHOULDER-IN ON A CIRCLE

Control and improving horse focus 
Balance and suppleness 
Encouraging stretch through the outside of the horse. 
Acceptance of the outside rein

LATERAL WORK ON A CIRCLE

Suppleness through the whole body 
Focus and concentration 
Core strength, stamina and control 
Fitness 
Balance 
Engagement and obedience

LEG YIELDS & ZIG-ZAGS

Coordination 
Balance and patience 
Changing weight and position quickly 
Improved Engagement

LEG YIELD - HALF PASS LEG YIELD

Suppleness 
Increased degree of engagement 
Constantly changing weight 
Core stability and strength 
Keeping balance whilst changing position

SHOULDER IN/SHOULDER OUT

Suppleness
Increased degree of engagement Constantly changing weight
Core stability and strength Quickly reacting to aids Suppleness 
Increased degree of engagement 
Constantly changing weight 
Core stability and strength 
Quickly reacting to aids

TRANSITIONS ON A CIRCLE

Suppleness of the legs and body

Engagement of the hind quarter

Bending through the whole of the horse

Balance

Core strength improvement

CIRCLE TO LEG YIELD

Timing of aids

Switching of balance

Switching of body position

Using weight aids to change direction

Changing from exercise to exercise relatively quickly

LOOPS ON THE EDGE

Improves suppleness through the whole horse.

Improves the horses balance

Getting the horse around the inside leg

Understanding different degrees of bend and curve.

RIDING SQUARES

The horse learns to take more weight on the hind legs.

This helps with rider accuracy with the aids

The horse learns to step his front legs around the rider

Energy and pace control

STRIDE CHALLENGE

Encouraging the horse to lengthen and shorten its frame.

Encouraging elasticity

Encouraging balance and suppleness.

A way of monitoring your horses ability and improvement ion collecting and lengthening

LEG YIELDS

Starting lateral works

Balance, suppleness and control

Core strength

Understanding the aids for lateral

Opening the shoulders

DEMI-VOLTES & CIRCLES

Helping to keep balance when constantly changing bend.

Suppleness and straightness

Keeping rhythm and fluidity throughout constant changes of bend/line.

SERPENTINES WITH CIRCLES

HELPS WITH

Understanding the riders leg aids

Getting the horse from bent to straight relatively quickly

Changing bends and flexion

Controlling the quarters

Getting the horse on the aid

SPIRALLING OUT

HELPS WITH

Acceptance of the riders inside leg

Encourages lateral movement

Understanding of the riders outside hand

Improving control over the horses shoulders.

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