Get your horse off the forehand with Bobby Hayler’s effective flatwork exercises
Lighten your horse’s stride and help him move his weight to his hindquarters with this balancing workout from international dressage rider Bobby Hayler
HAVE YOU EVER been told your horse is not balanced? The signs are easy to spot. An unbalanced horse will have trouble staying straight on the centre line and falls out on a circle. To improve the situation, you’ll need to teach your horse to move his weight from his forehand to his hindquarters. By moving his weight back, it will lighten both his front end — which means his strides will flow — and his back, which in turn makes him more supple. The true mark of a balanced horse is when he can bend correctly on a curve. You’ll use the full arena for this exercise, so set out your dressage markers before you start. It’s important to warm up correctly and cool down properly to avoid injury or strain.