I know, I know … it still feels too early to be thinking about pumpkin spice, never mind snowmen, but it’s all in the name of better dressage! The snowman exercise is a favorite of dressage rider and YouTuber Amelia Newcomb for improving the canter, improving suppleness, waking up a lazy horse and relaxing a tense horse — basically, you name it and it’s a good exercise for it!
The snowman exercise has been a staple in Amelia’s training toolbox for years. In fact, the video above was uploaded in 2019 and just recently she posted a new video about the same exercise, but with variations on it for all levels. Don’t wait until winter to incorporating this exercise into your own dressage practice!