Before you start this exercise it is important that the Basic Communication with your horse is good, so that you understand the horse and the horse understands you (see Basic groundwork exercises).
Your horse needs to be familiar with the previous 6 steps / exercises and to master these for 3/4:
From the previous steps Shoulder in and Travers, where the horse has learned to take more weight with his inner and outer hind leg and to develop more shoulder freedom for his outside and inside foreleg, with this exercise we teach the horse even more balance and to really walk on his own legs.
This ultimately translates into a better-executed Travers and Shoulder-inward. The exercise is called Renvers, but is no different than the Travers. It is its mirror image when executed along the wall.
Benefits for the body
- Renvers actually has the same gymnastic effect / benefits for the body as the Travers.
- Because it is more visible when the horse walks over the shoulder, this exercise is the key to even more freedom of movement in the pelvis and hips.
- The horse learns to move better between the aids and it is more visible when the horse goes over the shoulder.
- The horse automatically shifts the weight to the hindquarters due to the collecting effect
- Every horse has a difference in the use of its legs. One hindleg is stiffer than the other and one foreleg is more loaded than the other. Renvers ensures that the horse becomes more flexible in the use of the stiff hindleg and also the most stressed foreleg, gets more shoulder freedom and is less crooked.
Are you curious how you too can teach this to your horse?
Go to the Online Gymnastics Basic Course