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My horse is very tense, he'll stretch occasionally but there's no pattern to when he stretches, it's just random. Any tips on getting him to relax and except bit and use his hind ?

My horse is very tense, he'll stretch occasionally but there's no pattern to when he stretches, it's just random. Any tips on getting him to relax and except bit and use his hind ?
Riding over lots of trot poles tends to help some horses stretch down and use their hindquarters.
reward him A LOT when he does stretch. let him know that what he is doing is good. relaxing and stretching is
Hope that helped!
Before I tack up, I take two treats and i let my horse follow the treat to stretch his/her neck. I usually make my horse stretch her neck to the middle of her stumach area.