Here's how I start every ride to warm up, get supple and loose.
At the walk -- bend to the inside 5 strides, then bend to the outside 5 strides. Do this both directions. Don't fight to get a perfect bend - just give/take give/take and ask for the bend, then on the other side.
Then, do the same at the trot.
We start every ride this way just to get warmed up, and eventually (takes time and patience and ability for your horse to develop!) each ride is looser.
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My name is Lisa, and I am owned by Lucius and Sawyer.