Just Stretch January is here! It's month we'd like to dedicate to our Sagehill Foundation Horses to demonstrate to students and clients the importance of stretching, bending and flexing in riding routines!
A horse that is supple and responsive to your aids is fun to ride. A horse needs to be able to bend properly through turns and around corners, circles and loops if you’re going to do activities such as dressage or jumping.
How well your horse bends is up to you. The more you work on it, the better he will get.
Flexibility is the key to a well balanced horse. Any Athlete knows the benefit of stretching, bending and flexing to improve their performance in their specific sport. Your horse is an athlete! Giving him the benefit of incorporating flexing and bending exercises into his routine! He will increase his level of performance, and improve his strength.
For today's post, we are going to focus on stretches you can do on the ground! Check out these great videos on ground stretches to do with you horse! Remember to always be safe and cautious when trying out these stretches on your own horse, safety comes first. Ask a coach to help you with it your first time! Notice there are no carrot stretches promoted here... no treating school horses for stretches please! Check out the last video to see how you can do a carrot stretch without a carrot ;)
Look ahead to posts on riding exercises... :)
Sagehill Lesson Program: Monthly Themes
Every month at Sagehill, we try to focus on an area of riding to help improve the health and wellbeing of both our school horses and students!