Every Wednesday finds my daughter and I at the arena with our horses.  It’s a 7 minute drive from our house and we pay a monthly fee to use it.  Arena work is so important to building suppleness, flexion and discipline in your horse.  We work on lateral and vertical flexion, sidepassing, moving the hindquarters and forehand, etc., etc., etc.  Training resources we use are various but usually include the book 101 Arena Exercises for Your Horse and 101 Horsemanship Patterns.  We also use Clinton Anderson’s training DVDs and a reining book by Bob Loomis.  Being a very detail oriented person with a lot of patience, I do really enjoy arena work.  My horse is very much a rail horse, just put her on the rail and she goes into auto pilot, so the excercises we do are challenging for her mentally.  She’s made a lot of progress in the last couple years.

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