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A Softening Exercise with Balance Point Training

December 22, 2023

This is an excellent exercise to work with your horse on squaring up and softening. Here are the step-by-step instructions from the video with Juci Samogyi of Balance Point Training.

  1. First thing to think about is posture before locomotion.
  2. Start by shortening your reins at the halt. This is to raise your horse's poll.
  3. You are going to take exactly 6 steps forward, and halt again. If your horse finishes with one leg in front, call it back to square him up.
  4. The last leg that stopped moving should be the first one that starts.
  5. Repeat several times, and you'll see the benefit of the exercise, which is to get a square halt, and to get them soft. You'll get the poll up, and the balance through the body. From there you can do sitting trot halt, etc...