Originally Posted by boxer
I am new to learning dressage (been learning it all this year) and so is my horse that I have owned for three months. I have weekly lessons with dressage instructor. We are making huge strides in many areas but bending seems to be an obstacle. My horse is a quarter horse/Aus. Stock horse and she seems to find bending quite difficult. What exercises are there that can help me work on this with her. I recently bought a book of dressage exercises and it includes some stretches to do from the ground. I did these with her today and for a couple of the stretches she could not bend very far so I will continue working on these more. What can I do in the saddle to help her bend properly around a circle. I did some leg yielding with her today and she eventually got the right bend for doing that for 2 or 3 strides at a time. Is this a useful exercise?
Just what exercises are you doing and just what are you referring to as bending ?
Many get bending and flexing confused so a more detailed explaination would be helpful.