Margaret Keller Eventing | 7 Questions | 5 Answers

My horse feels slightly stiff mainly in her canter any exercises to help with this?

My horse feels slightly stiff mainly in her canter any exercises to help with this?
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anything involving circles//bending
If you want to practice your canter my advice is riding on a lunge line. Have your trainer of someone else lunge the horse while it is in a canter. Then you can focus more on how you ride and the motion of your horse. Also, it may be a little easier to control your horse. Going in a circle also helps.
Long and low or stretchy canter to start would help
-You can do a spiral. Put your horse on a circle and make her slowly go in to make a smaller circle and then out, like a spiral. You can try it with her head in and her head out.
-you can do a serpientine. Set up a line of poles down the middle of your arena like
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And then kinda like a snake, weave through all the poles.

-and then you can also set up a jump and then bend your horse from the left to the right after ever canter step.

Hope I helped!!
One thing my trainer had me do was make her side pass around in a circle. It's hard to explain but go in a circle (about 15 meters) and use your inside leg to move him over in an arch so his hind feet move more than his front. Do this both ways a couple of times. That really helped my horse loosen up at all gates.
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