Take your riding to a new level! Bringing together recognized classic exercises for both English and Western riders plus her own original patterns and maneuvers, Cherry Hill provides an array of drills that will improve your riding technique. Whether you are a rider interested in expanding your repertoire or an instructor looking for new drills, these exercises will add excitement and variety to your training.
About the Author
Cherry Hill is an internationally known instructor and horse trainer and has written numerous books, including 101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, How to Think Like a Horse, What Every Horse Should Know, and Horse Care for Kids. Visit her at www.horsekeeping.com, where you can find information on her books, DVDs, and horsekeeping knowledge.
Carla Wennberg is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship rider and international AQHA and National Reining Horse Association judge. Wennberg is the Director of Reining for the United States Equestrian Team.
Table of Contents
SECTION 1: GAITS
At the Halt
Jog (Sitting Trot)
Working Canter and Lope
SECTION 2: TRANSITIONS
Half Halt or Check
Walk -- Posting Trot -- Walk
Walk -- Sitting Trot -- Walk
Change of Lead through Trot
Long and Low
Quality Control Check (Self-Carriage Test)
SECTION 3: CIRCLES
Change of Rein on Long Diagonal
Change of Rein on Short Diagonal
Extra Large Circle
Large (20-Meter) Circle
Medium (10-Meter) Circle
Small (6-Meter) Circle: Volte
Large Circle -- Small Circle
Change of Bend -- Single Loop
Change of Bend -- Shallow Loop
Change of Rein in a Circle
Counter-Canter -- Shallow Loop
Counter-Canter across Diagonal
SECTION 4: LATERAL WORK
Turn on the Forehand
Leg Yield Refresher
Leg Yield on a Circle
In Position and Shoulder Fore
Shoulder In and Circle
Shoulder In on a Circle
Travers (Haunches In)
Shoulder In and Travers on a Long Serpentine
Renvers (Haunches Out)
Counter-Flexed Spiral In
Half Pass Refresher
Zigzag Half Pass
Working Pirouette (Pre-Pirouette)
Three-Quarter Canter Pirouette
Full Canter Pirouette
SECTION 5: MINI-PATTERNS
Serpentine at Trot with Leg Yield
Circle and Leg Yield
Simple Change Serpentine
Lope Large Circle with Sidepass
Shoulder In and Lengthen
Sidepass and Lope the Diagonal
Canter -- Half Pass -- Counter Canter
Flying Change after Short Diagonal
Flying Change Straight at Wall
Flying Change with Sharp Corner
Circle, Simple Change, Flying Change
Circle, Diagonal, Flying Change
Canter Half Pass -- Lead Change
What People are Saying About This
101 Arena Exercises won a Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have used this book for two purposes. The first was to help me to remember exercises and lessons taught many years ago which I had forgotten. I am not a teacher, but have been able to pass the information along to my horse just as well. My second goal was to show my my once-western, now-English schooled horse about English discipline. She appreciates and understands my requests now, and is very pleased when she's accomplished the goal. We have both learned a lot about each other during this process, and practice the exercises often. She has learned quickly using the techniques and our lessons are now a pleasure instead of frustrating. Recommended!
I have been around horses my whole life & taken lessons for years. However, there were always loop holes left in my knowlege on how to comunicate on what I wanted my horse to do. This book has been a god send & has really improved both my horses performance and mine by working from ground up (wether you thought you needed it or not). I HIGHLY recommend it!
I found this book very handy when I needed some arena exercises. Even her beginner lessons are useful for a more advanced rider to glance through and glean advice or tips from to improve the basics of their riding. The more advanced exercises are definitely not for beginner riders but are written in a fairly easy to understand format.
its a great book for people who like horses you can be a rider thats just starting, etc; you might not agree but i think it great for every one
Since I don't have the luxury of working with a trainer, I tend to muddle through as best I can. Sometimes it's difficult to come up with simple effective exercises on my own, so I do a fair amount of reading. Do I want to get better bending? Better upward and downward transitions? Maybe it's cleaner gait changes, or Sunny's leg yielding is sluggish. This book is one I refer back to when I've set a new goal for myself, or if I'm not feeling the result I want with what I've been trying. The exercises are laid out in a progression that works, and they start on a very basic level. There's sufficient explanation -- each exercise includes a description and list of uses, and many include notes, cautions, and checks for telling whether you've been successful. There are lots of black and while illustrations to make each step clear, as well.The physical format also lends itself to practical use -- it's landscape-oriented rather than portrait, and spiralbound, so you can lay it out flat or hang it over a rail without damaging the spine. Although I've never hung mine up using the hole, it is pre-punched like a calendar, so with assistance from a handy nail you could even turn the pages from horseback if you wanted.
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