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8 Ways to Engage the Hind End

Does it feel like your horse is going to pull your arms from their sockets during a ride? Does he struggle to perform correct transitions? A horse that leans on your hands is heavy on the forehand and not properly engaging his hind end. If you are an eventer or dressage enthusiast, this issue impacts your dressage marks; for the jumping sports it affects his turning and jumping ability. A horse that is very heavy on the forehand can also be prone to tripping, which is unsafe regardless which discipline you ride. The key to getting a horse to lighten on the forehand is to get him to use his hind end properly. But how do you achieve this? Here are tips from 2012 Olympian Michele Mueller, who coaches eventers and dressage riders at her Cedar Valley Stables in Port Perry, ON. Knowledgeable riders always work to keep their horses off…

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