Following on from drill riding, Tri-cycling
provides the security of single file, for horse and rider, but the advantage
of individual actions. You can carry our quite complicated movements
without a command from the Instructor. It also has the advantage that
you need less riders to try it out.
Movements to Start WithChange leader
On the next short side, the leading file turns in the normal way, remaining on the outside track, but the second and third riders do not follow. They turn at the same time as the leader, riding an independent line. The next right/left turn brings you back into single file but in the reverse order, third rider is now first and the first rider last.
Alternatively, you turn across the centre of the school, then you have the choice of remaining on the same rein or changing the rein.
You can use the diagonal as another way to change the
rein by tri-cycling.
Once you and your horse understand the principle of tri-cycling, riding
down the long side in single file and across the short side three abreast;
or simple changes the rein, other movements can be introduced. You might
try large circles, half figures of eight, or even a small jump! (Make
sure each ride has their own jump).
Circles to centre line
Two 10 metre half circles across the centre of the school,
each horse and rider follow an independent line.
Circling while tri-cycling
Take care with this one, with nine horses in the school the distances are critical. Best tried in walk first or with less horses.
In single file, the ride scribes a 10 metre circle with one or more straight stride on the centre line and returning to the outside track. Check that both the first and last riders are both on the long side.
Don't forget just because we've shown nine horses in the animation doesn't mean you can't have a lot of fun and valuable training with just two of you. Trying to keep synchronised with a partner whilst performing these movements takes a lot of skill in direction, regulating pace and accuracy.
Have fun with it.