For a horse, when one area of their body is under developed or housing muscular tension, it has an effect on the rest of the body. Muscles have to compensate and can easily become fatigued, which can then cause further tension. Ensuring your horse has sufficient strengthening work in their fitness programme encourages overall balance and symmetry and can improve their overall wellbeing.
When ridden well this simple exercise can strengthen your horse’s hindquarters and improve his balance in your downwards transition from trot to walk. You are looking to encourage your horse to keep his hindlegs underneath him as he moves forward into walk.
Don’t forget you could easily take this exercise out hacking! Although it may seem simple you do need to focus on maintaining a forward rhythm from the slower trot into the walk. You don’t want your horse to fall into the walk or stop abruptly as he will not have his hindlegs underneath him.