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Creating Relaxation Stage 3: Lunging with Side Reins

Lunging with side reins is the next step of the process for creating relaxation. Lunging is a commonly misunderstood exercise. It is often viewed as a way to run the energy out of the horse. However, this is extremely counterproductive. The more you lunge the horse, the fitter the horse…

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Creating Relaxation Stage 2: Long and Low

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a video demo of teaching long and low on the ground. Stage 2 of the Creating Relaxation series starts teaching long and low on the ground. Here we will be applying the cue established in Phase 1 and expanding on this…

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Creating Relaxation Stage 1: Releasing the Jaw

UPDATE: Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a video demo of releasing the jaw. Relaxation is the key to collection. However, there is a key component of relaxation that is so often overlooked; the release of the jaw. Relaxation required for true collection starts in the jaw…

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