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Walking WORKOUTS

Make up for downtime with these easy 25-minute routines.
These circling exercises help release tension from the horse’s long back muscles and stimulate his smaller stabilizing muscles to prevent back soreness.
DONNA STIDOLPH

Work at the walk, practiced and touted by old classical dressage masters, is always better than letting a horse stand around when for whatever reason he is not able to perform a regular training schedule. Walking allows for full contraction of the long back muscles in a contraction-relaxation cycle that prevents tension. Its low-aerobic effort ensures recruitment of small muscles that support the spine, the ones that create and store postural patterns. Further, the fine-tuned motor control that is possible at the walk enables you to help your horse find more range of motion and joint flexion that will become habitual.

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