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The importance of hip control

By LES VOGT /Horsetrader columnist - May 19th, 2011 - More with Les

Next in a series

In the last two issues, we looked at on-the-fence body control with focus on the shoulder and hip, respectively. Here’s a last look at the importance of these practices before we move on.

Having control of the horse’s hips will prove to be quite critical for almost all of your reining maneuvers. You’ll need it for departures, lead changes and turnarounds particularly. Since many of the body control exercises that we’ll be working on in the next level will require you to have some hip control, you need to get started on it early in the program.

Here I’m asking Tricky to move his hip to the left.

Here I’m asking Tricky to move his hip to the left.

Point to remember: On this and most other things
you teach your horse. We’ll never be strong enough to make a horse do anything, but we can be smart enough to make him want to do it, and that’s what riding is all about.

Editor’s Note: More with Les is a regular California Horsetrader column. Les Vogt has won more than 15 World Championships, including two wins at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Although Les still rides and occasionally shows, his focus is giving clinics around the world and developing products for the performance horseman. To learn more about Les and to see his clinic schedule, visit www.lesvogt.com

You can read previous More with Les columns at: http://news.horsetrader.com

So that the hip moves first.

So that the hip moves first.

Use your shoulder control skills to keep the shoulders still…

Use your shoulder control skills to keep the shoulders still…

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