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    02-01-2012, 10:07 PM

My eventer, who was always able to bend nicley and be on the bit well, had a few weeks off from a cut on her leg. Since I have been working her again, she is very stiff. I know it will just take time, but does anyone have any suggestions for helping her supple up a bit?
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    02-01-2012, 10:10 PM
Do a lot of bend and flex workouts with her....also would not hurt to get her teeth checked out.
My mare was out for 6 months due to an injury and I had no issues with her being stiff when I started working her again, all horse are different so it could be the time off but I would rule out any teeth issues first.
    02-02-2012, 02:54 PM
Circles, serpentines, hourglasses, figure 8s!
    02-02-2012, 03:12 PM
Warm up on a nice long loose rein, with lots of figures and other suppling exercises like shoulder in, haunches in, warm up w/t/maybe canter to stretch her out.

She'll come back!
    02-06-2012, 03:18 PM
Circles, figure of 8s, serpentines, hourglasses, spirals!
My loan mare is stiff in trot at the start of our workouts, she needs a canter to loosen up but when it's icy I go back to bendy exercises
    02-06-2012, 03:20 PM
Try adding Rhux Tox to her food, its homeopathic, I use it on both my old deaddogwalking and my old horse who at 20 is springing around dressage arenas like a 10yo!

bending, stiff, suggestions

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