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My mare seems to be lacking when it comes to using her hind legs, it's pretty hard to get her tracking up. Has anyone got any suggestions on how we could improve this?

My mare seems to be lacking when it comes to using her hind legs, it's pretty hard to get her tracking up. Has anyone got any suggestions on how we could improve this?
I had the same problem with a little pony we have, I've found that extending canter down the long side helped. I would also suggest getting physio/sports massage to release the muscles

One more suggestion is poles on long distances so she has to use her body to make the distance x
Has it been going on long? If it's been a while I'd first suggest a lameness test by a vet. There could be something going on physically.

Otherwise, I have a draft cross mare who is heavy on the forehand. Our warm up consists of a lot of transitions. Count 9 steps, trot, 9 steps, walk. I usually repeat it a handful of times. Make sure she's listening then start decreasing the steps between transitions. Then I move up to trot - canter transitions. It will encourage them to use hind end and should help her grow the muscles in her hind end.

All the best.