The "Walk Two Steps and Trot Again" Exercise

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This is one of my all time favorite exercises - it is SO useful for horses at all levels. The young or green horse learns how to keep their hind legs active to properly "sit" in their downward transitions, and how to stay balanced and connected in their upward transitions. It helps the more advanced horse with increased engagement of the hind legs, opening the door to improved collection. And of course, to complete the exercise successfully, the rider really learns how to ride their transitions correctly. If the transitions are not ridden properly, the exercise will be telling. The "walk for two steps and trot again" exercise is simply a good test of the foundation for half halts and good transitions for both horse and rider. Here's how to do it! (Click on Article Title above (in blue) to read full article)

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