Dressage rider Sarah Ridd, gives her key tips to check to ensure your horse is getting a good workout on the lunge:
- Is your horse tracking up? Check that his inside hind hoof comes up to or into the print left by the inside fore leg.
- Are his hips moving evenly? Watch your horse’s hips. On each rein you should be able to see each hip rise and fall evenly.
- Do your horse’s hooves step forward away from his hocks? During his warm up his hooves may stay in line with his hocks, but as his muscles warm up they should step further under his body creating better engagement and energy.
- Is there a weave line along the edge of his ribcage from the girth area up to his stifle? This is your horse engaging his core muscles which in turn lift his back.
- Does the underside of your horse’s neck look soft and relaxed and the top of his neck should form an arc shape? You may also see a sausage shaped muscle appear under his crest.
- Are your horse’s ears floppy? Look at his ears, the more relaxed your horse is in his jaw and poll the floppier his ears will be.