7. Level the Field
Arena riding is a chance to exercise
your horse’s body away from the asymmetrical terrain he encounters on trail.
Ride in extended gaits to elongate
his frame and increase range of motion.
Use circles and changes of direction
to increase balance and flexibility. Ask
for downward transitions and collected
work to build strength in her hindquarters and loin. Spending two days per
week on a flat surface with safe footing
will do wonders to enhance and maintain your horse’s physique.
DALE RUDIN is a CHA-certified riding
instructor and clinician with a mindful and
balanced approach to horsemanship and
Practice in the arena at least two days per
week to strengthen your horse’s topline with
extended gaits and a more reliable surface.