Day 21: Working on Circles

Today, Grischa Ludwig will teach you some tricks about the circle as it is asked for in a Reining pattern or dry work for the working cow horse.

Grischa Ludwig

Owner of Ludwig Quarter Horses with Sylvia Maile
“I am happily married as my wife would say. We have a son called Karl.”

Achievements:
Triple Reserve Worldchampion FEI, NRHA Reining
Multiple European Champion FEI, AQHA, APHA, APHC in Reining, Working Cowhorse and Western Pleasure
German Champion FN, DQHA Reining,Working Cowhorse
Futurity and Derby Champion NRHA, ERCA, DQHA Reining, Working Cowhorse, Western Pleasure

First of all, a circle should be round, Grischa points out. “It is also important to be able to steer the horse without using too many cues. That is what will bring you extra points.” In order to test whether the horse does that, Grischa puts his hand on the horses neck and does not use his legs to guide the horse. When demonstrating this in the video, Grischa’s horse starts to push towards the inside at the upper end of the circle and pushes to the outside in the middle. “Most horses push towards a certain direction.”

Grischa explains how to fix that problem: “I will put my hand on the neck again. Once the horse starts pushing to the inside, I will start to work him, so he associates pushing to the inside with hard work. I simply lift up my hand, stop and push him into the opposite direction. Whenever the horse pushes to the inside, I will push it to the outside and the other way round.” Check out the video to see what Grischa means.

“The horse should realize that the circle is its comfort zone. Once he leaves that, he has to work hard.” If your horse pushed towards the exit, you can use this exercise to teach it differently. “That is the reason why I never let my horses leave the arena with me as a rider on. I want them to learn that this is not acceptable.”


Heute erklärt euch Grischa Ludwig, wie ihr an schönen, runden Zirkeln arbeiten könnt.

Grischa Ludwig

Inhaber von Ludwig Quarter Horses mit Sylvia Maile
“Glücklich verheiratet, sagt meine Frau. Gemeinsam haben wir unseren Sohn Karl.”

Erfolge:
Dreifacher Reserve Worldchampion FEI, NRHA Reining
Mehrfacher Europameister FEI, AQHA, APHA, APHC in Reining, Working Cowhorse und Western Pleasure
Deutscher Meister FN, DQHA Reining,Working Cowhorse
Futurity und Derby Champion NRHA, ERCA, DQHA Reining, Working Cowhorse, Western Pleasure

Lebensmotto:
“Und ist der Berg auch noch so steil, a bissl was geht allerweil.”

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