Hang like a monkey

I'm in Rio de Janeiro at the moment and at the Copacabana boulevard you'll find many 'fitness' frames to encourage people here to stretch and exercise.

So in this video I'll show you on one of the frames how to do the 'hang like a monkey' exercise. And I encourage you to embrace this exercise too in the upcoming 21 days.

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Tölt at the same level as piaffe?

Many riders with gaited horses think they don't need to do the 'common' dressage exercises, because they practice other gaits.

But a gaited horse is just a horse, it has the same muscles and the same bones and the same asymmetry. And no horse is made to carry a rider - no matter what breed, no matter if it's a gaited horse or not - because by nature most weight is on a horse's fragile fore legs.

So all core exercises of ST are needed for any kind of (gaited) horse to help the horse transform from natural balance - the picture on the left where the horse is caryring more weight on the front legs - to artifical balance - the picture on top of the ladder, where the horse is carrying more weight on the hind legs. And this rebalancing can take place by transforming the ability from the hind legs from 'pushing' ability to also a 'carrying' ability.

Now for a clean tölt you need free shoulders and hind legs that are equally strong. That's why tölt is at the same level of piaffe.


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