Friday, January 20, 2023

Benefits of Riding Your Horse at the Walk

Photo by Donna Stidolph - Full Article

When bad weather rolls in, you can accomplish more than you think by riding your horse at the walk.

By Jec A. Ballou - January 19, 2023

Work at the walk, practiced and touted by old classical dressage masters, is always better than letting a horse stand around when he is not able to perform a regular training schedule. Walking your horse has the benefit of allowing for full contraction of the long back muscles in a contraction-relaxation cycle that prevents tension. Further, the fine-tuned motor control that is possible at the walk enables you to help your horse find more range of motion and joint flexion.

Inactivity sometimes plays a larger role in creating poor muscle patterns than incorrect training or injuries...

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