Renvers: Variations

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The exercise can be done is walk, trot and finally also in canter.

  • Transitions from hindquarter-in to renvers in walk and trot prepare the horse for the canter change:

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  • Fluent transitions from shoulder-in to renvers improve balance, coordination and suppleness as well as the reaction of the horse to the aids.

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  • Renvers can be ridden on the straight line along the wall, through curves and in a circle.

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  • The old grandmasters used to ride renvers on a circle and gradually decrease the size of that circle until a turn around the shoulders was done. This way they managed to ride canter pirouettes in renvers.
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Half-pass Variations

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  • The ¼ half-pass leads to the middle of the short side and the horse is less bended in this exercise. The horse goes more forwards than sideward.
  • In the ½ half-pass the horse has a similar bending as on a 10 meter circle. The horse goes as much forward as it goes sideward, thus having equal pushing and carrying capacity in his hind legs.
  • In the ¾ half-pass the horse is more bended and moves to the centre of the long side. The horse goes more sideward than forwards.
  • In a complete half-pass the horse has maximum bending and steps sideward. A little bit of forwards should be maintained so that the outer legs can continue to step in front of the inside legs.
  • It is recommended to practice all variations and not to limit yourself to just 1 variation.
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Pirouette: The Aids

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Pirouette aids 270x300 Pirouette: The AidsThe canter pirouette requires a perfect set of forward sending aids, sideward leading outside aids, and inside aids:

  • The outside rein leads the outside shoulder in the turn. The outside rein is not allowed to pull back and reduce bending.
  • The outside leg of the rider brings the outside hind leg in under the point of weight.
  • The point of weight is moved backwards and to the inside with the upper body of the rider, putting more weight on the inside hind leg and freeing the shoulders.
  • The inside seat bone, inside rein and inside leg keep the lateral bending.

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