1) Lead the horse at a walk over the pole, trying not to ‘tick’ it
2) Lead the horse over the pole at the trot
3) Lead the horse up to the pole, stopping JUST in front of it.
Proceed over the pole.
4) Stop with the 2 front feet over the pole. Back up without touching the pole.
5) Stop with all 4 feet over the pole. Back up without touching the pole.
6) Sidepass the length of the pole
7) Walk the pole lengthwise, left feet on the left side, right feet on the right side.
8) Halt parallel to the pole – front and hind feet an equal distance from the pole,
Focus on straightness.
9) Walk parallel to the pole. When the front feet reach just past the end, do a turn
On the forehand around the end and continue.
10) Walk parallel to the pole. When the hind feet reach just past the end, do a turn
On the haunches around the end and continue.
All very simple, but not necessarily EASY – especially if you focus on not ticking
The pole, being light in the hand, fluid movement and correct foot placement
(i.e. motion should always contain a ‘forward’ thought: feet cross over in front
Of one another, not behind, etc)