Weak in the hindend?
I had a farrier apt yesterday and the farrier watched him go, and said everything looked great, he wasn't lame or anything, but he was weak in the hindend. What are some exercises I can do to change this? besides the poles.
Hills if you have access to them; take them slow and steady, using your seat and legs to drive his bum forward and round through his bum and back.
Also work on transitions and backing up to shift more weight back that direction. As he starts carrying more weight farther back, the muscle it takes to carry himself that way will start to develop.
Perhaps some raised poles or cavaletti will help once ground poles are mastered?
All that Scoutrider said, as well as leg yielding (quarter line to wall as well as 10 to 20m circles), and shoulder ins, will really help to engage his inside hind leg.
I want to add one thing that REALLY helped my mare when she was weak in her hind end. She was weaker on one side than the other, and was having stifle issues on that side. Those issues are almost completely gone now.
You can do this under saddle or in the round pen (helpful if you can't tell whether he's crossing over). Basically, just pull his nose to your stirrup (or tie his head around, if you're in the round pen) and make him walk in slow circles. If you're riding him, push his inside hip over with your leg - if you're in the roudpen use the lunge whip to tap first his outside shoulder, and then his inside hip to keep him turning. He needs to be crossing over in the front and the back, and you'll probably need to teach him how to do that if he's weak. Keep him circling until he crosses over 2-3 times in a row, and then let him rest. As he gets better at it, make him do more and more in a row. I promise you - if you do this the right way, you will see FAST, dramatic results.
Another thing that helps is side-passing : ]
Also important to note is that a horse that is in consistent work that is weak in the hindend has been enabled to become this way by the rider allowing them to travel on the forehand. Lots of halt-halts and consistent work as described above will correct the problem, but if the rider becomes less of a rider and more of a passenger the horse will revert back to travelling on the forehand since it appears this is easier for him.
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Transitions, leg yeild, shoulders in, haunches in, and lots of circles! Your horse will fall apart, and thats OK, this will be very hard work for him. I speak from experience, my horse had and still has this problem, but he's getting better! Also something to do out of the saddle. Take your horse and walk him in tight circles around yourself, keep the pace slow so you allow him time to cross his inside hind over his outside as much as he can, and bring a whip along incase he gets lazy (tap his inside hind with it). Do this both directions before and after you ride and/or whenever you can. Also do lots of back ups, preferably up hills :) Hope he gets better!
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