Pole-work is a big part of our training philosophy. As well as being a fun way of training for horse and handler, it is a way of influencing the horse's body without the use of force or artificial training aids.
Learn more about the biomechanics effects of pole work in my book Posture and Performance.
Used correctly pole work can help to improve:-
Strength and power,
Core stability and lateral stability,
Proprioception (spatial and body awareness)
Joint range of movement, flexibility and suppleness,
Coordination, hoof-brain coordination, awareness and reactions,
Adopted #BlueCross pony, Pumpernickel, has had a lot to learn since moving in with us at Wavendon Grange. And here is his first time over a series of walk poles (admittedly they are set at horse distance!!) I love the way he is so chilled and really looks recruits his core and lifts his limbs.
And this is his first time doing a slalom. This exercise is great for promoting lateral stability (Although Pumpernickel does need more practice!)