Longeing

Longeing is a wonderful tool to build up the horse muscles, strength and coordination.

Here, I have been focusing on stepping forward and under with his hind legs so he can stay on the circle line without falling in or out. Once he found self-carriage he takes responsibility for his balance, suppleness and shape without me interfering too much but still feeling connected to each other.

A lot of times we see horses, who fall in or out with the shoulders because the hind legs are pushing forward and sideways away from the center of mass, which often causes the diagonal imbalance.

Unfortunately, many riders try to fix this with draw reins or any other Longeing equipment to keep the horses in place, in a certain posture or under control.

However, with time, patience and having a logical plan of progressive exercises our horses will offer even more than what we ask for.

I see great Longeing transformations every week with my students and their horses. All kinds of breeds are capable to walk, trot or even canter proper and balanced Longeing circles.

Some need a bit more time; some need a bit less time, with some it looks fancier, with some it looks not spectacular but it works when you believe in yourself and in your horse.

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