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    07-28-2012, 10:59 PM
Exercises to Help Flexibility and Balance

I'm not sure if I am posting this in the right thread but since I ride hunt seat....
Does anyone have any exercises or patterns or anything that I can do with my gelding to help increase his balance and flexibility and his ability to move off my leg?
At the canter he tends to switch to a cross-canter (front legs on one lead, back legs on another) in the corners and to pick up the wrong lead, so I'm thinking he needs help with his balance. I have also been having trouble getting him into the corners and lately it seems like he totally ignores my leg when I am trying to get him into a corner or to move his hind end.
Overall he just seems really stiff, like he's just going through the motions and not putting any "oomph" into it.
Btw- we do hunt seat and I am starting lessons with a hunter/jumper trainer and I want to show in local hunter/jumper shows next summer.
Thanks in advance!!!! :)
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    07-29-2012, 10:00 PM
You should think about taking a few dressage lessons too-get his mouth to soften & go on the bit, I hold my outside rein & open my inside rein & give 3 half-halts on the inside & then release & repeat, while supporting with my outside rein & inside leg. Also, when your cantering, open your inside rein to bend & push him to the outside with your inside leg. To pick up the canter, start with a leg yield so he has to move his shoulders to the outside. I would also do lots & lots & lots of leg yields, half halt the outside rein & ask him to move over with the inside leg. Also work on getting him to supple down. It's amazing how much dressage you actually use in your jumping work, it's made my upper-level hunters a million times better. Good luck(:

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