A tight, tense horse isn’t a fun ride, so we’ve got a 30-minute workout to help your horse loosen up.

Whether you’re an ambitious dressage beginner or a happy hacker, if your horse is soft and pliable, then everything you ask him to do will become easier.

Some horses are naturally suppler than others, but if you can achieve it, then you can improve your horse’s overall strength, his elasticity and his ability to carry himself for longer periods of time.

Before you start, warm up your horse by riding a few circles and doing some lateral work to encourage your horse to take the contact and start to bend through his body.

Do this in trot as well so your horse is nice and warm before you begin the exercise.

Your warm-up should last for five minutes.

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 A soft and supple horse will benefit all areas of your riding.

A soft and supple horse will benefit all areas of your riding.