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The Rubber Band Exercise
The next step up from the speed play exercise, where you ask the horse to show different speeds at each gait, is the rubber band exercise. The rubber band exercise is great for increasing throughness in the horse and developing the gaits. It helps to increase the level of impulsion in the horse, and increases the engagement of the hind legs. All of which make it possible for the horse to perform collected and extended gaits. Here's how to do it: