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101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider

101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider

by Cherry Hill, Carla WennbergCherry Hill
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882663166
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 01/09/1995
Series: Read and Ride Series
Edition description: SPIRAL
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 196,530
Product dimensions: 9.13(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.88(d)

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, 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




At the Halt

Working Walk

Extended Walk

Collected Walk

Free Walk

Working Trot

Jog (Sitting Trot)

Extended Trot

Collected Trot

Working Canter and Lope

Extended Canter

Collected Canter



Half Halt or Check


Walk -- Posting Trot -- Walk

Walk -- Sitting Trot -- Walk




Listen Up



Lengthen Trot

Extended Canter

Collected Canter

Change of Lead through Trot

Long and Low

Quality Control Check (Self-Carriage Test)




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

Figure 8

Large Circle -- Small Circle

Canter Springs


Loosen Up

Half Turn

Change of Bend -- Single Loop

Change of Bend -- Shallow Loop

Change of Rein in a Circle

Five-Loop Serpentine

Long Serpentine

Quarter Turn


Counter-Canter -- Shallow Loop

Counter-Canter across Diagonal

Counter-Canter Serpentine


Turn on the Forehand

Western Two-Step

Leg Yield

Leg Yield Refresher

Leg Yield on a Circle

Zigzag Two-Step

In Position and Shoulder Fore

Shoulder In

Shoulder In and Circle

Shoulder In on a Circle

Travers (Haunches In)

Shoulder In and Travers on a Long Serpentine

Walk-Volte- Travers

Renvers (Haunches Out)

Walk Pirouette

Counter-Flexed Spiral In

Hindquarter Pivot



Half Pass

Half Pass Refresher

Zigzag Half Pass

Working Pirouette (Pre-Pirouette)

Half-Canter Pirouette

Three-Quarter Canter Pirouette

Full Canter Pirouette


Guess What

Serpentine at Trot with Leg Yield

Circle and Leg Yield

Simple Change Serpentine

Square Serpentine

Square Serpentine

Two Squares

Lope Large Circle with Sidepass

Shoulder In and Lengthen

Sidepass and Lope the Diagonal




Canter Counter-Canter

Canter -- Half Pass -- Counter Canter

Flying Change

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


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101 Arena Exercises won a Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League.

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101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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