Is This a Good Exercise or Not?
So I only jump 1-3 times a week, within those three days, 1-2 are spent on gymnastics and one is dedicated to heavy schooling from 2'6" - 2'9" courses. The rest of the week is dedicated to flat work and conditioning (I've been taking her through runs cross country, going up and down hills to build up her muscles)
When I do work in the arena, I start out riding on the buckle or on fairly loose reins to let her stretch out. I also do a lot of circle work, as well.
Yesterday, I worked for a half an hour straight circling at the trot. I started out at a 20 meter circle then with every lap I'd make the circle smaller until it was a tight spin. The main thing I was doing was keeping my inside leg on her to keep her bent and I had the reins fairly loose, keeping contact only on the inside rein. I know the outside rein helps for balance, but as I was doing this, her head started reaching down and low. I did this at the walk and trot for a long time. Her canter has always been somewhat choppy, but after this exercise, her canter felt different, it felt more floaty and fluid. It felt really good.
I've been trying to encourage her to move out long and low, but her headset is naturally pretty high so its taken me a while to even get her head level with her withers, but she's starting to engage her hind end and search for the bit.
My question is, is what I'm doing good? Are there other methods of getting a horse to move out long and low?
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