Exercise Of The Day #15 – Hill Work

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By Eliza Sydnor Romm

Hills are a great strengthening tool for both the horse’s mind and body. Going up hills strengthens the back and hindquarters. Going down hills strengthens the stifles. We are so careful with the footing we ride our horses on, but slightly uneven terrain helps to keep tendons and ligaments strong. Of course, please be careful of serious footing issues like rocks and holes!

Plus, it’s so fun! Horses need a break from schooling in the arena every day, and so do their riders. Getting out and just walking (or trotting and cantering if you feel safe) can really mentally refresh both horse and rider.

Come along for some hill work on Queen Flowy! And let us know your favorite ways to incorporate hill work into your training!

About the Certified Instructor

Eliza Sydnor Romm is an FEI rider and trainer based in Snow Camp, NC. She is a USDF Certified Instructor Training-Fourth Level, successful competitor through Grand Prix and popular clinician. Eliza, and her assistant trainer, Kate Tackett, work with horses and riders of all levels and specialize in starting young horses under saddle. Visit www.elizasydnordressage.com for more information, find her on Facebook @ElizaSydnorDressage, and subscribe to her YouTube channel for some great instructional videos!

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