Following on from The Eventing Vet’s great pole exercises here is one that I have used. Great if you are lazy like me and jump by yourself and have no one to do poles for you! Its a variation of a Yogi Breisner exercise but better suited to smaller arenas. I normally set the fences up on 1 stride apart (7.5 yards) from each other but if you want more space it could be done on 2 strides (11 yards). The distances may need adjusting depending on your horse so are to be used as approximates.
If you are on a young horse I would suggest you start with poles and build up as can be mentally tiring for them.
The fences are designed as straightbars and its not about size but quality.
Building from above this time keeping the straightness and quality by jumping to the left or the right of the fences. use the hoops on the poles to help you with your straightness and be really precise about it. If your horse is drifting one way or the other make corrections or you can use poles on the fence or floor to aid straightness.
This is quite a hard exercise so the rider needs the quality in the canter and to think in advance so the turns are good and well presented. My loops on my diagram are not that great so you are unlikely to hit the middle on this exercise. This exercise can be done in both directions.
Same as above but the other side. This exercise can be done in both directions.
Finally putting it altogether in a course! As you can see from my pattern there are loads of options and is a really good test of straightness, quality of the canter, accuracy and the horse listening to you.