Though i compete in mostly show jumping, flat work is still extremely important to practice at home as it teaches your horse how to move correctly. It teaches them speed, impulsion, collection and to listen to their rider.
The first element of flat work i am going to discuss is cantering a 20m circle, as shown in the video below.
This is often used as the first stage of teaching your horse collection. Riding it on a 20m circle helps you perfect it because the constant bend of the circle encourages your horse to step through with his inside hind leg. It’s also a great way to learn to use your seat and body position to steady your horse.
If you use too much rein to collect your horse, you’ll block his forward movement and interrupt the rhythm. He may also become heavy in the contact and tip onto his forehand, making it more difficult for him to show the change in the pace.