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

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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.

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