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    03-26-2009, 03:53 PM
Smile straight riding excersizes

When I say straight riding, I pretty much mean on the road. My private ring at my house is too muddy to ride in now, and I am having to ride on a dirt road. It is good for my horse (physically and physologically), but I am getting bored, and wishing that there were more excersizes that I could do on the road. I do a lot of 2 point work, sitting trot stuff, bending etc. I cannot really think of anything else that would be "road safe" to do. Any excersizes for building muscles for me while going straight down a road? Thanks
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    03-26-2009, 08:25 PM
Find hills??

The other thing you can do is develop your lateral work (shoulder in, renvers/travers) Just make sure your doing it right do you don't pull a tendon. Just google some images of what it looks like and read up on them a bit and you should be good to go!
    03-27-2009, 08:26 AM
There's something I like to practice on the long sides of the ring. I try to use just my legs and steer the horse left and right (while still walking forward) to ride in sort of a swerving, squiggly line. I guess it's just kind of an exercise to get your horse listening to your legs. You can also try extending and collecting at various gaits. =) Good luck and happy hacking!
    04-01-2009, 02:42 PM
Thanks guys,... I do do lateral work, that it about the only exciting thing I can do, which is not too excitting after a million hours.... I wish I could steer with my legs, but my horse doesnt have a lot of room on the roads, so we just go straight, and she stays on the shoulder of the road. Any other things that could benefit me?
    04-01-2009, 03:29 PM
Um, transitions? I don't know I have the same problem.

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