Trotting Pattern

Here is a simple pattern I used today for a rider competent at trotting, working toward steering at trotting and balancing herself and her horse. I liked it a lot!

trot pattern

You can incorporate into this pattern:

  • Steering – direct and indirect rein
  • Half halts – to prepare for each element
  • 2 point – over single pole (or jump)

Example lesson plan:

  • Mount – independent
  • Warmups
    • walk 1, shoulder shrugs
    • posting trot – 1 lap
    • 2 point trot – half lap
    • up up down – half lap
    • switch directions and repeat
  • Skill – half halt
  • Practice – trot 1 lap each direction, half halt before corners
  • Activity – pattern, half halt before each element and turn
    • start at weaving cones, half halt to rebalance horse, make sure to aim straight
    • halt halt before turn
    • turn big toward poles, half halt to rebalance horse
    • trot over 2 ground poles
    • half halt to rebalance before ground pole or jump
    • 2 point over ground pole or jump
    • half halt to rebalance before turn
    • repeat until you can end on a good note
  • Cool down – no stirrups and review
  • Dismount – independent



Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgement!

2 thoughts on “Trotting Pattern

  1. I am enjoying your posts! Great work and I am passing them along to my riding instructor who is taking more classes on all the time. Well done — you need to collect and publish into a training manual for TRIs

    • Thank you for your encouragement! I have received several suggestions about publishing a collection of these resources and hope to do that someday, so yours is an additional push – perhaps this summer!

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