The Cross schooling exercise for novice horses.
Number of poles required: 8
This is a suitable exercise for novice level horses. This easy schooling exercise can help you encourage alertness and it can help add a little variety into your training exercises. With this exercise you can approach the cross from any side. This exercise at trot pole distances is the best starting point. As you progress with this exercise you can change to cantor distances and increase the challenge.
Trot pole distance for ponies 110cm - 130cm
Trot pole distance for horses 120cm - 150cm
Canter pole distance for ponies 240cm - 270cm
Canter pole distance for horses 280cms - 350cms
(These distances are estimates, please adjust accordingly if your horse or pony is struggling with the distances)