Develop suppleness How to ride it
Incorporating shoulder-in as part of your schooling encourages your horse to become more supple through his body. In this exercise, Sam links the circle from exercise one with shoulderin. Your horse will need to be supple through his body to maintain balance throughout. a) Go large on a left rein around your school. b) Focus on having an even rhythm in your trot and straightness in your horse’s body. c) At one end of the school, ride a circle between 10 and 15m in trot. d) As you come back to the track, ride down the long side of the school and ask for shoulder-in. e) Open your inside hand to encourage your horse to bend around your inside leg. f) Create inside flexion and control the angle of shoulder-in with your inside rein. g) Control the pace with your outside rein. h) Use your inside leg to maintain activity, while your outside leg keeps his hindquarters straight on the track. i) Once you reach the opposite end of the school, ride another circle between 10 and 15m in trot. j) Ride back to the track and change the rein before repeating on the other side.
Linking movements, such as circles, is a good test of your horse’s balance