Remember to do it at you and your own horses pace and level, the horse owns the time you take for this so don’t push, just encourage for more effort, lightness or precision as you go along. If you need to do it in walk online then do so but remember to progress as much as possible and practice it over the whole month to see improvements. Come back to the challenge at liberty and ridden when you are ready to do so.
1) Liberty & Ridden: Push a ball through two raised poles
2) Liberty & Ridden: 4 x trotting poles (any spacing you think best for your horse)
3) Liberty & Ridden: Canter down a bunting corridor (liberty: handler to stay outside corridor)
4) Liberty & Ridden: Turn on the forehand (front feet pivot whilst hindquarters turn 360*)
5) Liberty & Ridden: Trot a clover leaf pattern around cones (Pattern explanation below)
6) Liberty & Ridden: Jump/halt/sidepass off jump (if you do not know this move or don’t wish to teach it then jump and halt straight after jump then sidepass a few steps)
7) Liberty & Ridden: Transitions (whatever 2 or 3 transitions you are good at)
8) Liberty& Ridden: Use cones to ride the outside and/or inside of a square….forwards / sidepass / backwards / sidepass
9) Liberty & Ridden: Familiarisation on the move (try at walk but trot if you can)
10) Liberty & Ridden: walk into water tray, halt in the tray then walk off (or a foot in a bucket with water in it! I have a plastic jump water tray I will be using…you could also put an intact tarp on the ground and roll up the edges around jump poles to make a pool and put some water in it!)
NB…CLOVERLEAF PATTERN: this is walking/riding a shape like a 4 leaf clover. First set up 4 cones at equal distances from each other in a square. To walk at liberty or ride it you need to then choose to either just do left or right turns around the pattern…you shouldn’t do both unless you do the pattern twice!
The first move is to walk/trot straight through the centre, then turn left and do a left circle around 1st cone back through the centre of the square then circle left around 2nd cone, back through the centre and then circle left around 3rd cone, straight through centre and then circle left around 4th cone and then onto next task.
To do the cloverleaf outside this challenge I usually always start and stop in the centre of the square of cones so that the horse is always searching for X at the centre, Picture of map of tasks below hopefully will help too.
- Shelley – HorseSavvy