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Give Your Horse a Turning Tune-Up

Whether you ride for pleasure or in competition, English or western, in speed classes or judged events, in the arena or on the trail, you have to ride corners, circles or turns. Wide turns or tight turns, the elements that affect how well your horse turns are: a) Your horse's suppleness and how well he can bend. In order to turn, your horse must be able to bend through his body while staying straight and supple through his spine (from poll to tail), keeping his hips and shoulders aligned. His body should mirror the line you are travelling. The tighter the turn, the more he needs to lower his hindquarters (bringing his centre of gravity further back), lift his back and lighten his front end. If your horse only bends through his neck, he won't maintain straightness, his hips will swing out, and his shoulder will fall in or vice…

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