Travers is the opposite of shoulder-in, so you ask your horse to bring his quarters in while his shoulders and front legs stay on the track. Incorporating this lateral movement into your flatwork and dressage training is a great way to encourage suppleness through your horse’s rib cage.
When you and your horse are learning travers, it can help to ride it down the long side of your arena, so you have the edge of your school to help you.
- Move your outside leg back to ask your horse to step in with his quarters.
- Keep your inside leg at the girth to stop his shoulders drifting in. It also creates forward movement and bend.
- Ask with your inside rein for a little flexion at the poll – you don’t want a lot of neck bend.
- Your outside hand controls the amount of bend.
- To help your horse stay balanced your shoulder should face down the track.