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This ex­er­cise is great for con­nect­ing the back end to the front, help­ing your horse to step un­der more. This puts him on the path to self-car­riage and col­lec­tion with in­creased sup­ple­ness. It can be rid­den in walk or trot, de­pend­ing on both you and your horse’s level of ex­pe­ri­ence – horses find it eas­ier in trot, with rid­ers pre­fer­ring walk. In shoul­der-in, the quar­ters stay on the track and the shoul­ders are taken in to put your horse on three tracks. He’ll have a slight bend through the neck to the in­side. It’s a test of your horse’s re­spect for the in­side leg to the out­side rein aid. Set up the shoul­der-in by rid­ing a 10m cir­cle in the cor­ner, or­gan­is­ing your horse so that he’s ac­cept­ing the in­side flex­ion. As you come back to the track, in­stead of car­ry­ing on round the cir­cle again, start the shoul­der-in down the track us­ing the flex­ion you’ve al­ready got to give you the right an­gle. A com­mon is­sue with shoul­der-in is the horse tilt­ing his head rather than of­fer­ing the flex­ion re­quired – Frank does this. The an­swer is to hold the in­side rein closer to the neck and keep the out­side leg on. When he gets con­nected, the con­tact will feel heav­ier – don’t mis­take this for lean­ing. Once you feel con­fi­dent with shoul­der-in, try trot, walk, trot tran­si­tions, main­tain­ing the shoul­der-in po­si­tion­ing. Al­ways fin­ish by rid­ing straight.

Shoul­der-in is great for help­ing your horse to step un­der more

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