Suppling exercises for your horse with Bobby Hayler
Is your horse as stiff as a board on one rein, but as agile as an acrobat on the other? Follow dressage rider Bobby Hayler's tips to even him out.
Go large around the outside of your school in trot
At one end of your school, ride a 20m circle, maintaining your rhythm in the trot.
Once you've been round a couple of times, start to push your horse towards the centre of the circle, until you're trotting round a 10m circle.
Trot round the 10m circle twice, before pushing your horse back out to the 20m circle.
Go large and change the rein
The next level
Once you've mastered this, repeat the exercise, but when you come out of your 10m, ask your horse to leg yield back out to the 20m circle.
Go large in trot
At the top end of your school, perform a serpentine
Once you've ridden one serpentine, repeat.
The next time you ride your horse into the new bend on the serpentine, push and leg yield him into the new bend.
Change the rein and repeat on the opposite side.
This exercise encourages your horse to bring his inside hind leg beneath him, encourage him to bend his body and suppling him in the process.