Exercises provide purpose to our riding. The right exercise sets us and our horse up for success by achieving a certain movement or feeling a specific sensation. Working on an exercise also provides a way to measure progress as the exercise becomes easier.
In my own riding and teaching I use many exercises, and the one I want to share today I often set up for both beginner and experienced riders. It is called “Ride the Box”, and you will only need four poles.
Set the four poles touching end to end to create a square. Once set, this exercise can be ridden in a variety of patterns and gaits. I will show you my two favorite patterns in today’s video.
These “Ride the Box” patterns will help your horse be more round, encourage them to bend evenly in both directions, increase their proprioception and coordination, and improve your steering.
Click play below to watch the video.
If you are interested in more exercises like this one, check out my book, Stay in the Saddle – 67 Exercises for Horse and Rider, for exercises beginner through advanced, that you can combine to create hundreds of ride combinations.
The book also comes with a full video library of demonstrations and troubleshooting examples for every exercise.