Easily moving a horse’s shoulders is one of the most common things people struggle with. I want my horses to be really free and supple to move their shoulders, both on the ground and while riding. They might be sticky and dull for 3 reasons:
1. Horses assert their dominance using that bony thick mass to push people and other horses around.
2. For some horses it’s not easy to articulate their body that way because they tend not to do it with any repetition on their own.
3. There is more weight on the front feet with the head hanging out over the shoulders.
On the Ground: Put one hand on the nose and the other where the cinch or your leg would go when you ride. Rub first and don’t let your horse leave without waiting for you. This way anticipation doesn’t take over. Then ask for a step over while making sure the horse pivots on the hindquarters. In the beginning, start with only a quarter turn at a time. For 7 sessions, move the shoulders every chance you get for lasting results.
Perfecting this will help with an endless list! Like setting you up for correct leads, lead departures, nice canter, spins and even flying lead changes.
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