In this video, you will see Pedro Torres practicing on one of the typical exercises of Working Equitation: the slalom. In the beginning, a distance of 12 to 15 m between the slalom poles is best. Pedro Torres begins with the Lusitano, Botero, in walk, leg yielding around the poles. The ears are used as orientation- the slalom pole should always be visible between the ears. This exercise should always be practiced on both reins.
The distance between the poles needs to be increased for the trot or canter work. It is important that the horse understands what is expected of him, without stress. The goal is that the inside hind steps under his point of balance and he can carry more weight. Once the horse is used to this work the rider can get closer to the poles. The horse can get quite scared the first time he touches the pole, so it is important that he is familiarised in a quiet, positive way to the slalom work.
Pedro Torres demonstrates various traditional Working Equitation exercises in walk, trot, and canter with the poles. A more advanced movement is flying changes with every change of direction in the slalom. If Botero makes a mistake the European and World Champion doesn’t ever punish him and just tries again. The rider should help the horse so that the next time is better. This way the horse will improve, without any negative feelings towards this exercise.
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Pedro Torres is one of the most successful Working Equitation riders world-wide. Born in Portugal he educates and trains horses and students as well as training the Portuguese Working Equitation National Team, that have won many European and World Championship titles.> more
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