Gymnasticizing work in hand Part 4: chewing and bending exercises 2018-04-18T00:00:00+02:00

Kathrin Roida begins by asking, with her hand directly at the bit, for the horse to chew in order to mobilize the lower jaw, the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and the hyoid. Take a look at the various chewing and bending exercises she shows and learn how you can ask for this and what you must be aware of.

In this chewing and bending exercise, we ask for light flexion to both sides. The poll remains the highest point, with a straight neck and a tendency towards being on the bit. Kathrin Roida shows us what to look out for when attempting this exercise.

Chewing and bending don't just unblock tension and loosen the jaw but also increases the stretching of the muscles and a supple poll. Therefore they are a very good way of preparing for the lateral movements, in which the correct flexion and bend are essential.

What you will learn in this video:

  • worthwhile chewing and bending exercises you can try straight away
  • how you can encourage your horse to chew at the bit and become softer through the poll
  • how to improve the flexion and bend of your horse and prepare for the lateral work

Further videos in this series: 

Kathrin Roida

Kathrin Roida is committed to classic dressage. In hand and under saddle, she trains horses in an appropriate and sustainable way. With her work she wants to promote the health of the horse over the years.

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