A couple of months ago, I talked about work at the walk for the rider in this post. I promised I would follow up by discussing work at the walk for the horse.
Given the delay, I’m glad you weren’t holding your breath.
Speaking of holding your breath, you’re less likely to be holding your breath at the walk than any other gait, because of the lack of stress involved, and so is your horse, for the same reason.
That is, unless you’re working on the collected walk, prematurely or incorrectly. As I’ve said before, there are great advantages to working at the walk for riders and horses, but it is not without its perils. Creating a pseudo-collected walk is one of those perils. So if you feel that your horse is behind your leg or stalling beneath you at the walk, it’s time to revisit the post I linked above, which has practical advice that can help you.
We’ve been talking about the negatives of working at the walk (that’s what happens when you start speaking of perils), but let’s move on with some positives.
There, that’s better!
There are so many benefits to working at the walk for your horse: