A dropped or hollowed back can be a critical roadblock to advancing the athletic development of the horse. More important than the sought-after aesthetics, it is a definitive indicator of weakness through the abdominals and lack of engagement from the hindquarters, and it prevents freedom through the shoulder. Once ill-fitting tack and pain have been ruled out as potential factors, it is a matter of targeting the horse’s body in ways that release tension and develop strength specifically in those areas of weakness. Lateral Bending for Horses For some horses, carrying themselves like a llama is so natural it becomes a habit. They seem to lock their neck in place while bracing through their entire bodies. When the view from the saddle is a hollowed neck and raised head, the solution is right between your legs: creating lateral flexion helps release longitudinal tension. Through circling exercises, serpentine and leg yields,…
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