How to engage the hind leg - Trot poles in a straight line

This exercise helps to improve your horse’s rhythm, suppleness and balance.

It will help to engage their core therefore increasing elevation.

When I do this exercise I adjust the distances between the poles to encourage the horse to adjust.

The shorter the distance the quicker they have to think and place their feet.

The longer the distance the more power they have to generate from their hind legs.

In the video more elevation is shown in the longer distance

Over the shorter poles he was a little behind the vertical

As a rider I needed to use my body more to shorten his stride rather than my hands.

The start distances to place the poles are:

Walk poles approximately 90cm apart.

Trot poles 1.25 m apart.

However you may have to adjust depending on your horse’s natural stride and what you are trying to achieve.