Riding circles inside of circles to improve accuracy

This video shows one of my favorite training exercises. It helps the rider be more accurate with their aids, which in turn allows the horse to see the ‘pattern’ of the aids. When the horse can see the subtle changes in the rider they are more likely to respond willingly.
Riding a pattern like this, especially if you use cones as shown, will encourage the rider to look up and plan ahead.
The consistency of the pattern leads to consistency with the cues, which is what allows the horse to see the subtle rider changes.

Increasing accuracy is also a byproduct of increasing the riders strength and flexibility as well as the horses strength and flexibility. Fitness has been the theme of the week on my podcast and in my blogs!

PS-This is one video out of an entire series I made back in 2019. Gabby and Willow have both gone on to win World Titles in Western Dressage!

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  1. Pam Baldwin on February 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Great exercise. I will be using this with my horses.
    What size is your covered arena?
    Length? Width? Height?
    Love your work. Thank for the podcasts & information
    Flagstaff, Az

    • Stacy Westfall on February 3, 2021 at 8:21 am

      My arena is 70 x 200 feet. 16 ft high.

  2. Christine on January 24, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    We use chalk.
    Less cones to move round and no need to deconstruct later.

  3. Philomena on January 23, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    I’m glad you did a video on circles, as I want to improve my horse’s steering and strength. Good visual. Clip at the end is funny , ha ha! And I like your hair that way:)

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