Strengthening exercises for your horse don’t just have to about strength! You can include strengthening exercises into your warm up to encourage your horse to become more supple and improve their overall going, ensuring the muscles have the flexibility and power to enable the horse to balance and carry themselves.
This exercise is slightly more advance and will work with horse’s who can bend easily and move off of your leg, it works best if you have an arena which is 20m x 60m to allow you sufficient space, without rushing the exercise. You could also do this in hand if you are confident at asking your horse to shoulder in.
Throughout the exercise it is key to maintain a smooth rhythm, if you loose energy in the trot your horse will not be strengthening his muscles. You can ride this exercise in walk to begin with, this allows you to practice in a slower pace and have in your mind the changes in bend before asking your horse to go forward in trot.