A horse who is on a contact will be submissive to your aids and feel relaxed underneath you.

However, achieving a contact can be difficult, especially if you have a younger horse whose mouth isn’t very receptive yet.

If you achieve a contact correctly it will help to bring your horse off the forehand and balance himself, which is important if you really want to progress within your training.

That's why we asked Nikki Crisp to help us develop a consistent contact by asking for flexion and softening your horse’s neck.  

If you work your horse four times a week on average, try to incorporate this workout into two of your weekly sessions in order to see an improvement.  

Before you start, warm up by trotting and cantering your horse on both reins, going large around the arena for five minutes.

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