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Comment by Geoffrey Pannell on September 14, 2009 at 7:37am
If you take this advice one step further to make it even simpler, instead of counting strides , count head bobs. The horses head, biomechanically, must bob up and down as the horse canters, so try counting and following the head bobs through the hands going forward each time the ears bob down. The amount of movement through the poll is directly related to the length of the stride, ie smaller movement = shorter strides. Try it next time you ride down the long side, count how many bobs between V and S, then the next time see if you can take a stride out by allowing the poll to go a little longer each stride. You'll find yourself lengthening very easily. Then come down and do the opposite. See what happens.
Comment by Chris - resident queen of shops on April 26, 2008 at 3:52am
love this tip, so simple but it works!
Comment by Tish Cohen on April 24, 2008 at 11:17am
Great advice.
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