There are many exercises you can do in hand with your horse, this allows them to strengthen their muscles without carrying your weight. In hand exercises can also be beneficial for improving the overall partnership with your horse. Remember to stay calm in these exercises, particularly if you haven’t done in hand work with your horse before it can often take some time for him to understand what is being asked for him.
In this exercise you will be working on increasing your horse’s core strength as well as improving his overall symmetry. Ensure your horse is confident with reining back, in hand, in a straight line before beginning this exercise.
This exercise may prove quite difficult for your horse, you want to be focused on getting a few good steps back, don’t push your horse too far as he may become unsettled and tense. If he can only manage a few steps stop and praise him. You are looking for your horse to be able step back confidently, taking the same size steps back on each rein. If this isn’t happening it is likely one side is not as developed as the other, he may be housing muscular tension which will also be effecting his ridden work.