Join Date: May 2013
Location: Port Townsend, WA
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A shoulder exercise I use is also used for bull fighting horses, when you do it in a canter. I've only done it in walk and trot so far, but since the mare with whom I do this exercise is a Lusitano, undoubtedly we will do it in canter soon. Going down the track, ask for an outside bend, then leg yield to the inside about five steps. Do five more steps straight, then ask for an inside bend and leg yield outside five steps. Make sure you get the bend before you ask the horse to move diagonally. In order to get the shoulders to initiate the leg yield, raise your hands about a foot off the withers and move both of the hands in the direction you want to move. The head is counter-bent, and the hands are on the correct bend. Do not hold your hands steady, but vibrate them as you ask for the movement. The outside rein will be against the neck, and the inside rein will be open. Counter-bend to the inside, go straight, counter-bend to the outside. Hands are high as the horse is learning the exercise--their shoulders will move more easily with high hands which only effect the corner of the mouth--but eventually you will be able to ask for the exercise with just a subtle raising of the reins, almost invisible. Try the exercise at the walk, then go to the trot once it gets easier.
It's a fun exercise, good luck!
Last edited by 48northfarm; 05-27-2013 at 10:26 PM.