Understanding Bend

Whether riding an even 20 meter circle, navigating a twisting trail through the woods, or keeping your balance cantering a tight corner on the jump course, bend is important.

However, bend is another concept in riding that is often poorly understood.

And if we don’t understand what we are asking our horse to do, how do we ask them to do it?

Where should the horse bend their body?

How much should they be bending?

In last week’s video, I demonstrated the meaning of “inside leg to outside rein”. In today’s video, I will explain the real meaning of bend and how to ask for and develop this important movement in your horse.

Click Play to watch below!

P.S. This October, I will be offering an all new Balanced Riding Course. This course is not just about learning how to ride or train a horse, it is equally about learning how to see past the words that are used, to recognize what is really going on between a horse and person, and to choose what is best for you.

Stay tuned for more about the course + Free Training coming soon!

P.P.S. Hear from some of our Balanced Riding Course Alumni as they share their journey with horses, their highlights and their challenges – watch now!

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  1. Mickey bends better to the left than the right. I know this because when I click and treat I observe it. I always ride patterns both directions so that he gets a chance to stretch out. Thank you for the great video.

  2. I love how you explain a complex topic in a short amount of time. I don’t have time for an hour long video and your videos are always succinct and understandable. Thank you for addressing these phases that are often used but not always clearly understood.

    1. Hi Lynn,

      Thank you for your response! Glad to hear the video lengths and content have been in a format you feel is easy to follow and understand. 🙂

      Yorke

  3. My horse tends to counter bend away from work. I’m not sure if this is because I cue him wrong, he’s avoiding my leg (and work), or if he’s off balance. I’ve been working this past week on being very careful with my leg and body (minus the hands) to do small figure 8s over a pole. We’re getting better!

  4. My former tb race horse is stiff.
    My trainer has me pulling her head to each side and holding until she gives. I’m thinking this is a bit harsh and may cause bracing.
    What are your thoughts?

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