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    Default Exercises for improving the walk

    I seem to always sum it up in my title....what are some exercises for improving the walk?
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    Improving it how? Better contact? Forward movement? Acceptance of the bit? Flexion?

    The walk is a hard gait, and I usually leave it last to work on. All my horses have to MARCH when they're in the walk, but the finer points I usually leave until they're a bit stronger under saddle.



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    Basically, you don't.

    Messing with it ruins it.

    You ride the other gaits very correctly and this improves the walk by osmosis.

    The walk is the barometer of how the horse is ridden the rest of the ride.



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    Quote Originally Posted by meupatdoes View Post
    Basically, you don't.

    Messing with it ruins it.

    You ride the other gaits very correctly and this improves the walk by osmosis.

    The walk is the barometer of how the horse is ridden the rest of the ride.
    This.

    I heard that you leave the walk completely alone and work on all other gaits. The walk will eventually improve as the other gaits do. You don't want to ruin the walk.



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    Default trail ride

    We have found that taking our horses out on trail ride can help to improve the forwardness and the length of stride. Make sure that you go out with a calm horse who has a naturally nice forward walk. I agree with the other posts that have commented - don't try to mess or "correct" it too much. It will only end up making it worse.



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    Work on your your trot and canter. The better the trot the better the canter. The better the canter the better the walk. The walk is the easiest gait to mess up, so don't mess around with it.



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