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Fantastic article about riding aids to create the appropriate bend

Fantastic article about riding aids to create the appropriate bend


Fantastic article about riding aids to create the appropriate bend in the horse for riding a circle

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When your aids are successful (come through) you will influence the horse to stop leaning or pushing against the left rein. The horse will suddenly accept ...

... aids are often confused. For leg-yielding, you place your leg one hand behind the girth in order to move the hindquarters as well.

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A large part of riding problems are related to the natural crookedness of horses. Especially riders who practice hand dominated riding will encounter major ...

Like us, some horses are naturally more supple than others, but all horses can bend to a degree. When a horse lacks suppleness, he usually lacks bend around ...

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