Many times, the walk is overlooked in its importance. Building a quality walk can help improve suppleness, improve the canter, and help develop fitness. Especially in the winter time, when we’re confined to small indoor areas or poor footing, we can work to develop a good walk and reap the benefits come spring time.
To develop a good walk, start by paying close attention to your horses quality of rhythm. Is the rhythm consistent? Does he slow or speed up through turns? Often, if the rhythm isn’t consistent, the horse is falling on either shoulder from time to time. So to help develop straightness and the beginnings of the hind legs being able to come under the body, set a metronome or listen to a song and make sure the horse’s walk is rhythmic.