Originally Posted by nvr2many
What do you mean by hard rides ahead of you??
When a horse is out of shape it has trouble carrying itself. The normal out of shape horse can do very little trotting (usually jegging in their case) and most likely fights against doing anything more strainious like a forward, extended trot. However this is what you want them to obtain to before you start cantering work. A forward and extended trot is developed by working the horse in continuous forward motion on a soft rein, encouraging them to seek contact and round themselves. This develops the correct muscles needed for any type of disapline plus strengthens their endurance and willingness to work as bending at the poll and rounding there back is more comfortable than hollowing and striding out behind you. (it actually burns more energy and uses more muscles to work against collection and when continually ridden incorrectly the horse develops the wrong muscles l, like horses with broached backs, that impede it from working.)
So therefor, when you ride the out of shape horse you have to have a strong seat driving forward motion, while encouraging the horse to engage from behind into a more rounder frame and taking a bigger step (extended trot) while not speeding up. (regulating the pace with ur seat). And this all adds up to some tough rides that will make both you and the horse sweat. Posted via Mobile Device