The Arena GPS is a compilation of basic exercises with graphics and brief explanations that you can take with you into the arena in order to obtain ideas for training exercises. The old masters discovered early on that riding accurate arena patterns is the prerequisite for balance and straightness, which in turn are the prerequisites for accessing the haunches. Therefore, it has to form the beginning of any gymnastically useful work.
In combination with transitions and lateral movements the arena patterns are one of the most important tools the rider possesses in training the horse. We use round patterns such as circles, voltes, serpentines, and ovals, as well as angular patterns such as rectangles, squares, and triangles.
Each edition of the Arena GPS builds on the previous one with increasing level of difficulty. The exercises become more complex and more challenging for horse and rider. There are different types of exercises, all presented with graphics and short explanations. Exercises for testing specific abilities and skills, general suppling, targeted gymnastic development of individual muscle groups, preparing and/or improving dressage movements, improving the horse´s balance and body awareness.
The right selection of exercises improves the horse’s balance, straightness, suppleness, throughness, impulsion, and collection.
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