Suppleness, also described as looseness, is the full flexibility of your horse’s body and mind. It must be a central theme throughout your schooling and should be constantly checked and reinforced at all stages of training.
As you progress through the dressage levels, your horse’s suppleness should also advance, which is demonstrated by an increased flexion of the joints, fluid lengthening and shortening of the frame, equal and effortless bending from side to side, and a relaxed and confident demeanor.
So, in this podcast episode, we will give you an overview of full-body suppleness and some detailed exercises to help you improve this quality in your horse.
(Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'How to Improve Your Horse's Suppleness' episode)
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