Appropriate gaits: Walk, Trot
Ride the larger school figures (around the ring, 20m circles, change on diagonal, figure-eights) while requesting stretch.
Time: 5 minutes
Focus: Keep impulsion! It is easier to stretch when actively moving forward.
Focus: Try offering different lengths of rein.
Focus: Keep light contact with reins even in stretch.
Focus: Use reins for flexion.
Tip: At the trot, if your horse seems like it might trip, it can help to squeeze the outside rein while rising.
Tip: The steps to request stretch are: Hold rein contact, ask for forward impulsion, give with the reins. Repeat.
Good for: Relaxation, overstep, connection, suppleness, leg aids.