#26 Stretchy Figures

Is this a helpful exercise?

Appropriate gaits: Walk, Trot

Instructions:

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.

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