This exercise is really more of a skill, but I figured we could all use a reminder. If you ride with a dressage whip, you need to learn how to switch it from your right hand to your left, or vice versa.
This method is much better than the “sword pull” method, because you keep both hands in position and can keep the horse connected while you change the whip.
Practice it off the horse first, and gradually you’ll get really good at it and will be able to do it quickly.
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