A Softer Horse

It's been raining a lot recently so I haven't been able to do riding or much ground work. I really wished I had an indoor arena to use! I won't have much chance to work with Ruby unless the weather changes for a few sunny days once in awhile. I don't like to work on windy days almost more than rainy ones, depending on how thick it rains. When it's windy it's harder for me to keep the horse's attention with everything blowing around, especially a certain big loud willow tree (Sugar especially is scared of that tree when it's windy). They also seem to have more energy too. 

For this post I decided to watch one of his videos so I could write about it. I did it through YouTube instead of the DVDs so you could see it too:

This is a really interesting video for me. I don't think I've watched all the Fundamental DVDs and haven't seen all these bending, flexing and turning exercises before. Actually I know most of these aren't in the Fundamentals but Sarah was able to teach me a new one including others I learned already. 

Flexing different body parts:

  1. Head and Neck
  2. Poll
  3. Shoulders
  4. Rib Cage
  5. Hindquarters 


  1. Head and Neck - Lateral Flexion

Get your horse soft laterally both left and right


  1. Poll - Vertical Flexion 

Get your horse soft vertically


  1. Shoulder Control

Always follow head and neck - able to move independently


  1. Rib Cage

Get your horse to move their rib cage with leg pressure


  1. Hindquarters

Move your horse’s hindquarters in a 350 degree angle

5 responses
Interesting. Rowdy, (the horse I lease) has a very hard mouth, and he doesn't accept the bit very well, so I will be working with that a lot with him. Flexing and bending help a lot with him.
I'm going to start doing the Clinton Anderson method.
Grace, That's great!!! Are you going to get the Fundamentals?
Maybe in the future, I'm watching his videos on YouTube right now.
Grace, When you get into it enough you should get the fundamentals. The youtube videos are great but they don't show every step you'll need.