Appropriate gaits: Walk, Trot
Work on getting your horse very forward to your aids. You should be able to give a medium squeeze with both calves and feel an immediate surge of forward movement in response.
To train this, start at the walk. As you are moving, give a squeeze with both calves. If the horse does not immediately surge forward, use the whip behind your leg or on the horses’ rump.
Your horse should break into a trot or into a bigger walk. If not, repeat the same medium leg and use a stronger whip aid next time.
Allow a few steps of forward movement, then down-transition to normal walk.
Repeat: 4x then “as needed”. This should be repeated any time the horse does not move forward off medium leg.
Tip: This exercise is a standard warm-up item.
Good for: Forward, light aids, gripping with legs, this is a pre-requisite for roundness and self carriage.