thanks for the tips guys! As it stands, this is my usual routine in there ~
-5 min of free walking( circles, serpetines, shallow loops, etc.) asking him to stetch down and walk forward
-2 laps asking him to bend to the inside, on a loose rein, using legs to create the bend / impulsion, both directions
-2 laps asking for true & counter flexion, both directions
-2 laps asking him to collect and extend the walk, both directions
-a spiral circle each direction - bringing the circle in & leg yielding out
-another 5 min of free walking( circles, serpentines, shallow loops, etc.) asking him to stretch down and walk forward. He is usually more apt to stretch and walk more forward at this point.
Back when I was boarding, I used poles quite often to encourage him to reach forward ( what he has difficulties doing ). I am in the process of getting my jump set back so once I do i'll add those in.
I also do stretches before & after the ride.
The thing I am worried about is doing the same exercises all the time, won't his muscles get used to doing these?
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