The image of dressage horses prancing sideways might just seem like fancy footwork, but in reality these lateral movements are akin to physical therapy for the horse. From a conditioning standpoint the dressage exercises of shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half-pass prove highly advantageous for improving neuromuscular coordination and proprioception. Obviously, they are most helpful when introduced only to the mature horse carefully and in small bouts, but many riders could benefit from learning what they do.
The riding master Jim Rasmussen advises us how to train and perform dressage exercises. In this video we are looking at the exercise Walk pirouettes.
Supermans – Helps improve strength through the back, specially the stabilizer muscles that support the spine. These exercises are great for improving overall functional strength and helping to ensure you are evenly balanced. To often we spend all our time focusing on our horses balance and strength. Notice what happens when you put just as much effort into your own balance and strength. Want more? Check out our . All the tools to help you improve your fitness and strength for riding. Specific dressage exercises to help you take your dressage to a new level.
Always at your fingertips – the complete collection of exercises from Jec Aristotle Ballou, Author of “101 Dressage Exercises” and soon to be released “101 Western Dressage Exercises” specially formatted for use on iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Android.