HQ magazine|June/July 2020
Let him look!
You must ride over trotting poles with an allowing contact. Many of us feel that we need to control the horse’s movement over the poles, so take up a short contact and ‘hold’ our horses back. This, in fact, creates a lot of the problems. Your horse must be able to look down at the poles to assess where he is going to put his feet. Restriction with the reins can restrict his field of vision and prevent his shoulder and forelegs from coordinating correctly.
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